19 days in France Itinerary

19 days in France Itinerary

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19 days in France Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25 h
1
Paris
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 15 min
3
Avignon
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Marseille
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
5
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Melbourne

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.
Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, take a stroll through Le Marais, and explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris itinerary builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Paris, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in July: highs in Paris hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant, appreciate the history behind Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus), then see the interesting displays at Musee de Courseulles, and finally take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip planning tool .

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, Bayeux is little chillier than Paris - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pegasus Memorial, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Normandy American Cemetery, Remains Mulberry Harbour
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

2
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Pont du Gard, then make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and then don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, then do a tasting at Domaine de la Vallongue, then play a few rounds at Golf de Servanes, and finally admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Avignon travel planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Avignon by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bayeux in July, with highs in Avignon at 36°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Historic Sites Golf

Side Trips

Distillerie A. Blachere, Pont du Gard, Domaine de la Vallongue, Golf de Servanes, Carrieres des Lumieres
Highlights from your plan
Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take a stroll through The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planner .

Traveling by train from Avignon to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calanques, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Highlights from your plan
Calanques ©
Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): admire the local landmark of Mossy Fountain, wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally get engrossed in the history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at La Confiserie du Roy René, then examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, then see the interesting displays at Granet Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence holiday maker site .

Aix-en-Provence is very close to Marseille. July in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre ©
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles

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 explore and learn at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and Musée Marc Chagall. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and St-Paul-de-Vence (Saint-Paul de Vence & Choisy La Galerie). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint Hospice, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nice tour planner.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Aix-en-Provence, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Eglise du Sacre Coeur, Chapelle Saint Hospice, La cité médiévale, Lérins Islands
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

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