13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France itinerary planner

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Fly
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Marseille
— 1 night
Drive
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Nice
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Marseille

— 1 night

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.
On the 12th (Mon), make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip builder tool.

Seattle, USA to Marseille is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Marseille is 9 hours. When traveling from Seattle in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Nice

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and then make a trip to Promenade des Anglais. On your second day here, take a stroll through Vieille Ville and then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nice online day trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nice in October, with highs in Mont-Saint-Michel at 62°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Bayeux

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris sightseeing planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.