23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route planner

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 5 nights
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Paris

— 5 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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Water Parterres, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Paris due to the time zone difference. In August, Paris is a bit warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Deauville Beach (in Deauville City), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, find something for the whole family at Cahem, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rouen trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Rouen sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colleville-sur-Mer visit planning app.

Drive from Rouen to Colleville-sur-Mer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Colleville-sur-Mer to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Galerie1414 (in Cannes) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nice planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in September, with highs in Nice at 28°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Etangs de Villepey (in Saint-Aygulf), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), head outdoors with Sublim Sky, and make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Saint-Raphael. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 5 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Plage Notre Dame (in Porquerolles Island), Le Lavandou (Plage de Jean Blanc & Plage de Saint-Clair) and Plage de Sylvabelle (in La Croix-Valmer). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Dune La Londe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage des Salins, get outside with MF Kite, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Pradeau.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hyeres trip itinerary site.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.