12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route planner

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Nice
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Train to Gare de Bayeux, Bus to Colleville-sur-Mer
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Rouen
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Nice

— 3 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.
Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, admire the landmark architecture of Tour et Couvent Saint Francois, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

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New York City, USA to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Nice. In August, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, make a splash at Alligator Bay, and then make a trip to La Grande Rue.

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Getting from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Nice in August, expect Mont-Saint-Michel to be a bit cooler, temps between 72°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): learn about all things military at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, then appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

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Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Colleville-sur-Mer by combination of train and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. August in Colleville-sur-Mer sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 27th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, pause for some photo ops at Gros-Horloge, take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, then don't miss a visit to Place du Vieux-Marche, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

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Traveling by car from Colleville-sur-Mer to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Rouen are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Water Parterres, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Getting from Rouen to Paris by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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France travel guide

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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.