25 days in France Itinerary

25 days in France Itinerary

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25 days in France Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
train + Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
La Croix-Valmer
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Marseille
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Paris
— 2 nights
train + bus:  5​h 15​min
8
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Rouen
— 3 nights
+4
train + foot + train + Fly + train:  12​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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.
Visit Vieille Ville and Lérins Islands for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Saint-Paul de Vence and Rue d'Antibes. Go for a jaunt from Nice to Cannes to see La Croisette about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, kick back and relax at Castel Plage, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nice trip planner .

Philadelphia, USA to Nice is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Nice is 6 hours. When traveling from Philadelphia in May, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Cannes, Saint-Paul de Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

2
nights
La Croix-Valmer

La Croix-Valmer ©
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Chartreuse de la Verne, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Estagnol, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Plage de Sylvabelle, then kick back and relax at Plage d'Heraclee, and then stroll through Plage de Gigaro.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Croix-Valmer trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Nice to La Croix-Valmer takes 2 hours. When traveling from Nice in May, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in La Croix-Valmer: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Chartreuse de la Verne
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Chartreuse de la Verne ©
Chartreuse de la Verne

2
nights
Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Pampelonne, then enjoy the sand and surf at Escalet Beach, and then go for a walk through St. Tropez Harbor. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Port Grimaud Beach, explore the historical opulence of Grimaud Castle, learn about all things military at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, then get engrossed in the history at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Canebiers.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez trip itinerary maker app .

Saint-Tropez is very close to La Croix-Valmer. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Grimaud
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Port Grimaud Beach ©
Port Grimaud Beach

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Calanques, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bestouan Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Parc national des Calanques.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Marseille vacation builder website .

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Marseille, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cassis
Highlights from your plan
Calanques ©
Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get great views at Le Sentier des Ocres, get great views at Colline Saint-Eutrope, delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, then steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and finally delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Avignon trip planner .

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Gordes, Orange, Carrieres des Lumieres, Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Highlights from your plan
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Cité de Carcassonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Carcassonne Medieval City, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent's Church, then do a tasting at O'Vineyards, then explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal du Midi.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne Center day trip planner.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne Center in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Carcassonne Center, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Visit Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Arc de Triomphe and Musee d'Orsay. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paris holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Carcassonne Center to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Carcassonne Center in June, with highs in Paris at 74°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 11th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Beach of Genets, make a trip to Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint Michel, and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fougeres, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo de Champrepus, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel route builder website .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Mont-Saint-Michel, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Genets, Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, Chateau de Fougeres, Zoo de Champrepus
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©
Chateau de Fougeres ©
Chateau de Fougeres

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.
Get outdoors at Omaha Beach and Deauville Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at American Cemetery & Memorial and Bayeux War Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) (in Ranville) and Vergers De Romilly (in Isigny-sur-Mer). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame Cathedral, learn about all things military at Memorial of Caen, and take in the exciting artwork at Normandie Savoir-Faire.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Bayeux trip itinerary website .

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by train takes about 3.5 hours. In June in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pegasus Memorial, Vergers De Romilly, Pointe du Hoc, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Memorial de Caen
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

3
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage Du Tilleul and Plage-Baignade Yport. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Saint Catherine's Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Falaise d'Etretat (in Etretat), Le Fleuve La Veules (in Veules-les-Roses) and Cerza (in Hermival-les-Vaux).

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rouen travel planner .

Drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cerza, Plage-Baignade Yport, Falaises d'Etretat, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, Le Fleuve La Veules
Highlights from your plan
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church ©
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church

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