18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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18 days in France Itinerary

Start: London
Train:  2​h 30​min
1
Paris
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Subway + Bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: London

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paris online trip planner .

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Ferme de Vailly, explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial, and finally get your game on at Studio Ca me Chante !.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip builder app .

You can take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bayeux are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pegasus Memorial, Ferme de Vailly, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Studio Ca me Chante !
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery ©
Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
Studio Ca me Chante ! ©
Studio Ca me Chante !

2
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, hike along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and then make a trip to Tour du Nord. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel travel route planning website .

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Chapelle des Penitents Blancs (in Peillon), Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Nice, and get great views at Mt Boron.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nice driving holiday tool .

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in December, you will find days in Nice are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Galerie Lifetime Gallery, Lérins Islands, Chapelle des Penitents Blancs
Highlights from your plan
SENSAS Nice ©
SENSAS Nice
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Sainte-Maxime (Domaine des Beaucas & Kelys), La Certosa di La Verne (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans).

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael driving holiday planner .

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Saint-Raphael, with lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sainte-Maxime, Frejus, Domaine Val d'Iris, Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres, La Certosa di La Verne
Highlights from your plan
Domaine Val d'Iris ©
Domaine Val d'Iris
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Mont Vinaigre ©
Mont Vinaigre

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 4th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Mystery Games, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then get your game on at Aviasim Aix-en-Provence, then get your game on at Laser game Evolution, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Biere de la Plaine, then cruise along Route des Cretes, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Chantiers Naval, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Granet.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Marseille sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, La Ciotat, Laser game Evolution
Highlights from your plan
Laser game Evolution ©
Laser game Evolution
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©

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