12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Paris
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Avignon
— 1 night
Drive:  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.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Sainte-Chapelle for their historical value. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary website.

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Paris, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Omaha Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, thensteep yourself in history at Pegasus Memorial, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux holiday maker app.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Remains Mulberry Harbour, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Pegasus Memorial, Omaha Beach, 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
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.
On the 5th (Mon), learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, thencontemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and then stop by Cité de Carcassonne.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne attractions planning tool.

You can fly from Bayeux to Carcassonne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, Carcassonne is somewhat warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to 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, contemplate the long history of Roman Theatre of Orange, thenexplore the world behind art at Musee Angladon, thencontemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon route maker website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, thenglide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, thenidentify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Marseille online day trip planner.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the galleries of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, thenidentify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Marseille in August, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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