16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  19​h 15​min
1
Saint-Tropez
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Nice
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Subway + Bus:  7​h 45​min
3
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Etretat
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Cape Town

1
night
Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. On the 18th (Wed), kick back and relax at Plage de Jean Blanc, enjoy the sand and surf at Grande Plage du Lavandou, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Port Grimaud Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne and then kick back and relax at Escalet Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez holiday maker tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to Saint-Tropez is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Saint-Tropez, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in December; daily highs in Saint-Tropez reach 15°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Port Grimaud Beach
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Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Port Grimaud Beach ©
Port Grimaud Beach

2
nights
Nice

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stroll through Castel Plage, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, and then shop like a local with Avenue Jean Medecin. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes and then get to know the fascinating history of La Croisette.

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Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Cannes
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Huisnes Sur Mer Ossuary, then kick back and relax at Beach of Genets, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mont Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): get great views at Pointe D'Agon, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, and then make a trip to Abbaye de Hambye.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel tour site .

Getting from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel by combination of flight and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nice in December, expect nights in Mont-Saint-Michel to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Abbaye de Hambye, Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, Beach of Genets, Pointe D'Agon, Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes
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Pointe D'Agon ©
Pointe D'Agon
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes ©
Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get in touch with nature at Plage de Vauville and Plages de Houlgate. Relax by the water at Urville Nacqueville Beach and Omaha Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Maison des Produits Regionaux-Les Vergers de la Passion (in Martinvast) and Plage de Benerville sur Mer (in Benerville-sur-Mer). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux tour planner.

Traveling by train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Omaha Beach, Plage de Vauville, Urville Nacqueville Beach, Normandy American Cemetery, Plages de Houlgate
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

1
night
Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage-Baignade Yport, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Du Tilleul, and then make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Etretat driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Bayeux to Etretat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Etretat are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Etretat

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Plage-Baignade Yport, Plage Du Tilleul
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Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers

4
nights
Paris

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Head to Champs-Elysees and Le Maraisfor plenty of shopping. Palace of Versailles and Eiffel Tower will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, take a stroll through Montmartre, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Catacombs of Paris.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris day trip planner.

You can drive from Etretat to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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