17 days in France Itinerary

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Drive to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Fly to Chennai


Nice — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Les Petites Porcelaines (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). There's much more to do: stop by Old Town, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nice travel route tool.

Chennai, India to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 4.5 hours. While traveling from Chennai, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally stroll around Place Gambetta.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne attractions planning website.

You can fly from Nice to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Carcassonne, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Water Parterres, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, wander the streets of Le Marais, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne in June, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (27°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Les Racines du Ciel, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, then don't miss a visit to La Maison Sublime, then browse the exhibits of Fondation Claude Monet, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins d'Angelique.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen online road trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Rouen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in June, expect nights in Rouen to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip planner.

Drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to 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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip maker.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel 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.