12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Paris
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h
3
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Avignon
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Nice
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: San Francisco

2
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.
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and The Paris Catacombs. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris tour builder tool .

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
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 3rd (Sat): stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, then head outdoors with Omaha Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus), and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip planner .

You can take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Pegasus Memorial, Remains Mulberry Harbour
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant ©
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant

1
night
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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 5th (Mon): do a tasting at O'Vineyards, then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip planner .

Getting from Bayeux to Carcassonne by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, Carcassonne is somewhat warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trip

La cité médiévale
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards

1
night
Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, see the interesting displays at Musee Angladon, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Avignon travel route planning app .

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Roman Theatre of Orange, Distillerie A. Blachere
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Marseille tour itinerary site .

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Marseille are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Kayaking & Canoeing, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then wander the streets of Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Marineland.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in August, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marineland, Scuba & Snorkeling, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Marineland ©
Marineland

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