21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 2 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 3 nights
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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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and make a trip to Place Massena.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary builder site.

Seattle, USA to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Nice, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Domaine de La Pierre Plantee (in Sainte-Maxime), Plage de Guerrevieille (in Grimaud) and Plage des Canebiers (in Saint-Tropez). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, stroll through Les Balcons du Cap Roux, pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and play a few rounds at Golf de Cap Esterel.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael road trip app.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Hyeres

— 4 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. Venture out of the city with trips to La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle, Le Cap Lardier, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parc St Bernard, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, head outdoors with Sentier sous marin, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Hyeres.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hyeres road trip planning site.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 13:

Aix-en-Provence

— 5 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Ciotat (Plage Lumiere, Spas, &more) and Marseille (Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, walk around Parc Saint Mitre, examine the collection at Musee Granet, and steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F at night. On the 18th (Mon), you're off to Bayeux.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 18:

Bayeux

— 2 nights
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 18th (Mon): learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Reporters Memorial, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, don't miss a visit to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, look for gifts at Normandie Savoir-Faire, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally get your game on at Louny Parc.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Aix-en-Provence to Bayeux takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May, with highs in Bayeux at 62°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

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.