17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  13 h
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h 30 min
5
Niort
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h
6
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Pittsburgh

3
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary maker tool .

Pittsburgh, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Paris. Traveling from Pittsburgh in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Paris: highs are around 53°F and lows about 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, don't miss a visit to Les Racines du Ciel, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, make a trip to La maison sublime, and then examine the collection at Musee des Pecheries.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rouen travel planner.

Getting from Paris to Rouen by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in March, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fondation Claude Monet, Musee des Pecheries
Highlights from your plan
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Ornithologique Du Gros Banc, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hermanville War Cemetery, and finally head outdoors with Norman'Air.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Hermanville War Cemetery, Reserve Ornithologique Du Gros Banc, Norman'Air, Memorial de Caen
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Niort.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

2
nights
Niort

Niort ©
Niort is a commune in the Deux-Sèvres department in western France.The population of Niort is 60,486 and more than 137,000 people live in the urban area. On the 5th (Sun), pick up some local products at Les Halles de Niort, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Andre, then don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint-Hilaire, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Bernard d'Agesci. On the next day, visit L'Acclameur, play a few rounds at Golf Club Niort, and then look for gifts at L'Ambassade du Cacao.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Niort trip planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Niort in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Niort

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Les Halles de Niort ©
Les Halles de Niort
Musee Bernard d'Agesci ©
Musee Bernard d'Agesci
Golf Club Niort ©
Golf Club Niort

2
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Var Lamas, then hike along Foret de Roustagnon, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier Littoral, and finally get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip itinerary site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Niort to Marseille. While traveling from Niort, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Bandol, Var Lamas, Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Var Lamas ©
Var Lamas

3
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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nice travel route planning website .

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wine Shop Flacons Divins
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

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