17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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Start: Seattle
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Seattle

3
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice, and have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Nice.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip site.

Seattle, USA to Nice is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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SENSAS Nice ©
SENSAS Nice
Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain ©
Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall

3
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aix-en-Provence (Mystery Games, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Calanque de Port-Miou (in Cassis) and La Ciotat (Musee des Chantiers Naval & Route des Cretes). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, get your game on at Virtual Room Toulon, and stop by Idellia.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip website.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, La Ciotat, Hyeres, Virtual Room Toulon
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Paul Cezanne’s Studio ©
Paul Cezanne’s Studio

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Les Dominicaines, Espace Culturel & Artotheque (in Pont-L'Eveque) and Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, sample the fine beverages at Cidrerie-Distillerie Theo Capelle, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and experience rural life at La Ferme aux Cinq Saisons.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bayeux online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Marseille to Bayeux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in April, things will get little chillier in Bayeux: highs are around 58°F and lows about 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Etretat, Flamanville, Mont Saint-Michel, Les Dominicaines, Espace Culturel & Artotheque
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

5
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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 a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, visit Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paris route planner.

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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