22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

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22 days in France Itinerary

Start: London
Train:  2​h 30​min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Saint-Cyprien
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: London

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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary app.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. In August in Paris, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Jumieges, then admire the landmark architecture of Le Vieux Moulin de Vernon, and then don't miss a visit to Abbaye Notre-Dame de Fontaine-Guerard.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen sightseeing planner.

Take a bus from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Le Vieux Moulin de Vernon, Abbaye de Jumieges, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Fontaine-Guerard, Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Abbaye de Jumieges
Abbaye de Jumieges

3
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont) and Sanctuaire Sainte Therese (in Ville de Lisieux). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, browse the exhibits of Pegasus Memorial, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and take in the views from Pegasus Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Ranville, Airborne Museum, La Maison du Biscuit, Memorial de Caen, Sanctuaire Sainte Therese
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Pegasus Memorial ©
Pegasus Memorial
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame

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 10th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel and then make a trip to Tour du Nord. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Alligator Bay and then don't miss a visit to Le Moulin de Moidrey.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Saint-Cyprien.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Le Moulin de Moidrey, Alligator Bay
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Alligator Bay ©
Alligator Bay
Le Moulin de Moidrey ©
Le Moulin de Moidrey

2
nights
Saint-Cyprien

Saint-Cyprien ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes. On your second day here, Head underground at Grotte du Grand Roc, then make a trip to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Commarque.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Cyprien trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Cyprien takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August, you will find days in Saint-Cyprien are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Saint-Cyprien

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, Chateau de Beynac
Highlights from your plan
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau de Commarque ©
Chateau de Commarque

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at O'Vineyards and then step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne Center trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Cyprien to Carcassonne Center in 3.5 hours. August in Carcassonne Center sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

O'Vineyards, Chateaux de Lastours
Highlights from your plan
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get lost in a book at Bibliotheque de l'Alcazar, and take a stroll through The Panier.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip maker.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Marseille in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Marseille, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet

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.
Take a break from Nice with a short trip to La Croisette in Cannes, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nice online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Marseille in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, La Croisette
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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