17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 1 night
Fly to Lyon, Shuttle to Val Thorens
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Val Thorens
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Paris

— 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online holiday planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to Paris due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Ottawa in March, with highs in Paris at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 17th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

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Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Val Thorens

— 3 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Change things up with these side-trips from Val Thorens: Courchevel (SnowLimits Ski School & Sweet Snowsports), Elements Park (in Meribel) and Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Tania (in La Tania). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cool and fly down the slopes at Prosneige.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Bayeux to Val Thorens takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Marseille

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

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 21st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montagne Sainte Victoire.

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Drive from Val Thorens to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Val Thorens in March since evenings lows in Marseille dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Nice

— 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands, Le Suquet, &more). And it doesn't end there: stop by Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.