15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Go for a jaunt from Bayeux to Caen to see Frac Normandie about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, don't miss a visit to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, take in the exciting artwork at Normandie Savoir-Faire, and learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux road trip app.

Washington DC, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Bayeux. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 16th (Mon), sample the tasty concoctions at L'Ecume des Falaises, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, then identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fougeres, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Poeslerie et Maison de la Dentelliere, then stop by Andouillerie de la Baleine, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel online attractions planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Lérins Islands. Palais Lascaris and Eglise St Pierre & Paul will appeal to history buffs. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Juan les Pins Main Beach (in Juan-les-Pins), Promenade du Soleil (in Menton) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Frejus). It doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nice journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nice, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 3 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Get a sense of the local culture at Galerie Regard and Eglise Saint Louis. Visiting La Calanque de Figuerolles and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Plage de Pampelonne (in Ramatuelle), Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime (in Saint-Tropez) and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Route du Sel, get a taste of the local shopping with Villa Noailles, look for gifts at Chateau de la Clapiere, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hyeres trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Hyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hyeres are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 3 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Chatenay-Malabry to see Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Hyeres to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hyeres in December, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 47°F and 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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.