12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  12​h
1
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Bayeux
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
5
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Newark

2
nights
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, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice, examine the collection at Palais Lascaris, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nice online trip builder .

Newark, USA to Nice is an approximately 12-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Newark in April, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

2
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
On the 5th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique and then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Les Balcons du Cap Roux, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Val d'Iris, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Kelys, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Nice, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Saint-Raphael, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Trails Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Notre Dame d‘Afrique, Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, Kelys, Domaine Val d'Iris
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Domaine Val d'Iris ©
Domaine Val d'Iris
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez ©
Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and then take a memorable drive along Calanque de Port-Miou.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Marseille trip builder .

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Calanque de Port-Miou, Montagne Sainte Victoire
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Montagne Sainte Victoire ©
Montagne Sainte Victoire
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©

1
night
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip builder .

You can fly from Marseille to Bayeux in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in April, things will get slightly colder in Bayeux: highs are around 58°F and lows about 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Normandy American Cemetery
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

3
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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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