27 days in France Itinerary

27 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Le Puy-en-Velay
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 4 nights
Train to Dol De Bretagne, Taxi to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 3 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins). There's much more to do: stop by Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice travel planning tool.

Mobile, USA to Nice is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mobile to Nice is 7 hours. When traveling from Mobile in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: La Certosa di La Verne (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens) and Kelys (in Sainte-Maxime). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, stop by Catalan Bougie, appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges du Verdon.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Saint-Raphael day trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 45°F in Saint-Raphael. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Musee Granet, &more), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Cape Canaille (in Cassis). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution, and explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Marseille online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Marseille sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Le Puy-en-Velay

— 2 nights
Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stop by Cave de la Chevrerie, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Penitents, then head outdoors with Chemin de Stevenson, and finally don't miss a visit to Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Henri Vinay, admire the masterpieces at Musee Crozatier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then admire the landmark architecture of Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay, and finally contemplate the long history of Statue de Notre Dame de France.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Le Puy-en-Velay day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Le Puy-en-Velay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Marseille in December, with highs in Le Puy-en-Velay at 45°F and lows at 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Le Puy-en-Velay

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Paris

— 4 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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Le Puy-en-Velay to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 3 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mont-Saint-Michel: Pointe D'Agon (in Agon-Coutainville), Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James) and Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach of Genets, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and don't miss a visit to La Porte du Roy.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel road trip website.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Les Halles Medievales (in Dives-sur-Mer), Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise) and Ranville (Cimetières Militaires & Pegasus Memorial). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Dames, and get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online trip builder.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Plage Du Tilleul (in Le Tilleul). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, make a trip to La maison sublime, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rouen trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rouen are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.