17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Train
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
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Paris
— 6 nights
Train to Dol De Bretagne, Taxi to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Train
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Rouen
— 1 night
Drive to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport

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Nice

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Picasso. You'll explore and learn at Musée Marc Chagall and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Step out of Nice to go to Cannes and see La Croisette, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Nice due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington in September since evenings lows in Nice dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 5th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Musee de L'Inquisition, visit Cité de Carcassonne, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Dinosaures 'Dinosauria', then steep yourself in history at Musee Berenger Sauniere, and finally stop by l'Atelier des Vignerons.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Carcassonne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 52°F in Carcassonne. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Paris

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee de l'Orangerie. Visit Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Carcassonne in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, make a trip to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, examine the collection at Musee de la Mer et de l'Ecologie, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally see the interesting displays at Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel online journey planner.

Getting from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel by combination of train and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Museums

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, take in the history at Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, awaken your taste buds at Cave Cidricole Lecornu, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, then examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and finally contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour.

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Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and then admire the striking features of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rouen tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Rouen are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.