13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Marseille
— 1 night
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Nice
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): don't miss a visit 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 take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. On your second day here, take a stroll through The Panier, then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Marseille sightseeing planner.

Seattle, USA to Marseille is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Marseille due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

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 21st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, then see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, and then don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Vieille Ville and then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nice attractions website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Nice, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

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 take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel journey app.

Fly from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nice in September: high temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Bayeux

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 25th (Fri), appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux holiday maker website.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

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). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and stop by Montmartre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip builder website.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:

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.