21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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21 days in France Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Paris
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  4​h 15​min
4
Avignon
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Le Lavandou
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Nice
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Montreal, Quebec

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.
Popular historic sites such as Palace of Versailles and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Paris trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Montreal to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge, then take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Jumieges, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Palais de Justice, make a trip to Parlement de Normandie, get outside with Square Verdrel, take in the exciting artwork at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Maclou's Church, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rouen trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Abbaye de Jumieges
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.
Let the collections at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Memorial of Caen capture your imagination. Visit American Cemetery & Memorial and Omaha Beach for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery (in Reviers) and Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) (in Ranville). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux trip builder app .

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pointe du Hoc, Pegasus Memorial, Omaha Beach, Memorial de Caen, Normandy American Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 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 (Thu): delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, and then take some stellar pictures from Le Sentier des Ocres.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Avignon driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Avignon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in September, expect nights in Avignon to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Gordes, Roman Theatre of Orange, Carrieres des Lumieres, Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Highlights from your plan
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
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 (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then examine the collection at Granet Museum, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Marseille road trip website .

You can take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Marseille are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Le Lavandou.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Le Lavandou

Le Lavandou ©
Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Confiserie Azureenne and Old Town. Visiting La plage and Plage La Capte will get you outdoors. Explore Le Lavandou's surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hyeres), Plage de Sylvabelle (in La Croix-Valmer) and Parcours Decouverte : Les Activites Traditionnelles de la Vallee de la Mole (in Cogolin). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Jean Blanc and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Estagnol.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Le Lavandou trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Marseille to Le Lavandou in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hyeres, Plage de l'Estagnol, Confiserie Azureenne, Plage de Sylvabelle, Parcours Decouverte : Les Activites Traditionnelles de la Vallee de la Mole
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc
Plage de l'Estagnol ©
Plage de l'Estagnol

2
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.
Let the collections at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and Musée Marc Chagall capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to Lérins Islands and Coco Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Saint-Paul de Vence in St-Paul-de-Vence (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice online travel route planner .

Getting from Le Lavandou to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Paul de Vence, Lérins Islands
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

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