17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Deauville City
— 1 night
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Grimaud
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Paris

— 4 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.
Head to Le Marais and Champs-Elyseesfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee d'Orsay and Montmartre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, do a tasting at Maison Givas, explore the activities along Seine River, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Athens, Greece to Paris is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in November, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 12°C and 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Deauville City.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Deauville City

— 1 night
With its race course, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, then kick back and relax at Promenade Marcel Proust, and finally examine the collection at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Deauville City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Deauville City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Deauville City are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Deauville City

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. On the 18th (Wed), browse the fresh offerings at Maison Lebrec, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer trip builder tool.

Drive from Deauville City to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 2 nights

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 19th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, indulge your taste buds at Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours, then learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, stop by Cité de Carcassonne, then take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Carcassonne takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Grimaud.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Grimaud

— 3 nights
You'll get in some beach time at Port Grimaud 1 Beach and Plage de Cavaliere. Explore Grimaud's surroundings by going to La Londe Les Maures (Dune La Londe & Daskalides Chocolatier), Plage de Cabasson (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Plage de l'Escalet (in Ramatuelle).

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You can drive from Carcassonne to Grimaud in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Grimaud sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Grimaud

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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 get in some beach time at La Spiaggia and Juan les Pins Main Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nice day trip planning website.

You can drive from Grimaud to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Grimaud in November, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

France travel guide

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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.