19 days in France Itinerary

19 days in France Itinerary

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19 days in France Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 15 min
3
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Montpellier
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Paris
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Bordeaux
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Train + Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Let the collections at Musee Marmottan Monet and Atelier des Lumieres capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paris online trip builder .

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
You've now added Mont Saint-Michel to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Normandy American Cemetery and Pointe du Hoc. You'll get in some beach time at Omaha Beach and Juno Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Church of Angoville-Au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial, learn about all things military at Musee D-Day Omaha, and don't miss a visit to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Nice to Bayeux in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nice in June; daily highs in Bayeux reach 69°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, Pointe du Hoc, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint-Paul de Vence and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Appreciate the collections at Palais Lascaris and Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: La Croisette (in Cannes) and Eglise de Biot (in Biot). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Promenade du Paillon, make a trip to Place Massena, visit Place Rossetti, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nice driving holiday tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bayeux to Nice in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Nice: highs are around 76°F and lows about 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Saint-Paul de Vence, La Croisette, Eglise de Biot, Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire
Highlights from your plan
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire the striking features of Mairie d'Aix-en-Provence, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte, examine the collection at Museum Calisson, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, and finally wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then partake in some friendly competition at Mystery Games, and finally take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence journey maker website .

You can drive from Nice to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nice in June: highs in Aix-en-Provence hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Route des Cretes, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Highlights from your plan
Vieil Aix ©
Vieil Aix
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

2
nights
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
On the 26th (Fri), examine the collection at Carre Sainte-Anne, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Roch, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Tables, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Pierre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Place Saint-Roch, then take a stroll through Place de la Comedie, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Esplanade d'Europe, and finally get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Montpellier trip planner .

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Highlights from your plan
Eglise Saint-Roch ©
Eglise Saint-Roch
Musee Fabre ©
Musee Fabre
Place de la Comedie ©
Place de la Comedie

2
nights
Paris

Paris ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Chantilly, and finally make a trip to Cathedrale Saint-Pierre. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Grand Canal, steep yourself in history at Philippe-Chatrier Court, and then see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard.

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You can take a train from Montpellier to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Montpellier in June; daily highs in Paris reach 74°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, Grand Canal, Chateau de Chantilly
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chantilly
Chateau de Chantilly
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre ©
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre

3
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee du Vin et du Negoce and Chateau Paloumey. Visit Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron and Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Buglose for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pey-Berland Tower, wander the streets of Port of the Moon, walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Notre-Dame.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux online route planner .

Take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron, Chateau Paloumey, Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Paloumey ©
Chateau Paloumey
Musee du Vin et du Negoce ©
Musee du Vin et du Negoce
Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron ©
Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron

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