18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 1 night
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 6 nights
Fly

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (La Croisette & Lérins Islands). The adventure continues: stop by Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Nice is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Nice is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Dubai in March, things will get colder in Nice: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Marseille

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): make a trip to Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally admire the masterpieces at MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Marseille online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Val Thorens: Courchevel (Sweet Snowsports & SnowLimits Ski School) and Elements Park (in Meribel). There's still lots to do: stroll through Ski Cool, fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens, and expand your horizons at Prosneige.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Val Thorens trip maker.

Getting from Marseille to Val Thorens by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Val Thorens when traveling from Marseille in March, with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Mont-Saint-Michel in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive; or take a train. While traveling from Val Thorens, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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 21st (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and then take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Bayeux are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

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.
Paris is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, take a stroll through Le Marais, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Paris sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.