17 days in Porto & France Itinerary

17 days in Porto & France Itinerary

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17 days in Porto & France Itinerary

Start: Porto, Portugal
1
Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Porto, Portugal

1
night
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio da Lapa, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, get your bearings at Livraria Lello, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Porto road trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major airport is Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

4
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Get some cultural insight at Palais des Papes and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aix-en-Provence: Chateau de Lourmarin (in Lourmarin), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Tapiezo (in Roussillon). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, and get engrossed in the history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence travel route planner .

You can fly from Porto to Aix-en-Provence in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Porto to Aix-en-Provence, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Porto in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Aix-en-Provence: highs are around 35°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Gordes, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Chateau de Lourmarin, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Carrieres des Lumieres
Highlights from your plan
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles

4
nights
Nice, France

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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage), St-Paul-de-Vence (Saint-Paul de Vence & La Collegiale Saint Paul) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, and admire the masterpieces at Palais Lascaris.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Aix-en-Provence, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Cannes, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©

3
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and American Cemetery & Memorial. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mont Saint-Michel and Bayeux War Cemetery. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant (in Falaise), German War Cemetery Marigny (in Marigny) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) and witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online day trip planner .

You can fly from Nice to Bayeux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Nice in August, expect Bayeux to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, German War Cemetery Marigny, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Pegasus Memorial, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

4
nights
Paris, France

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.
Get some cultural insight at Palace of Versailles and Louvre Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris holiday planner .

Take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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