10 days in France Itinerary

10 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  10 h
1
Paris
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  5 h 30 min
3
Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Avignon
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Marseille
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Nice
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Rio de Janeiro

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Archives. On the next day, examine the collection at Musee National Eugene Delacroix, admire the masterpieces at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Malmaison, then see the interesting displays at Albert Kahn Musee et Jardins, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maison de Victor Hugo.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Paris: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Albert Kahn Musee et Jardins, Chateau de Malmaison
Highlights from your plan
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 20th (Wed), learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, witness the site of a historic battle at Maisy Battery, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. On your second day here, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, contemplate the long history of Pegasus Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at Musée de Normandie, then take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and finally examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Pegasus Memorial, Maisy Battery, Musée de Normandie, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
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Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie ©
Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Pegasus Memorial ©
Pegasus Memorial

1
night
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then stop by Vinaigrerie Cyril Codina, and finally contemplate the long history of Musee Berenger Sauniere.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carcassonne Center tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Carcassonne Center in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bayeux in May: high temperatures in Carcassonne Center hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Vinaigrerie Cyril Codina, Musee Berenger Sauniere
Highlights from your plan
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne ©
Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

1
night
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 23rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, then delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee du Petit Palais.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Avignon journey planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Avignon, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Site Archeologique de Glanum, Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Highlights from your plan
Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

1
night
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 24th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts, explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, get engrossed in the history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then get a new perspective on nature at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle Aix en Provence, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip planner.

You can take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aix-en-Provence
Highlights from your plan
Paul Cezanne’s Studio ©
Paul Cezanne’s Studio

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, make a trip to Fort du Mont Alban, examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle du Rosaire, and finally steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nice, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Fort du Mont Alban, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Chapelle du Rosaire
Highlights from your plan
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris
Chapelle du Rosaire ©
Chapelle du Rosaire

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