17 days in Raleigh & France Itinerary

17 days in Raleigh & France Itinerary

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17 days in Raleigh & France Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Raleigh, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
2
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Saint-Raphael, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Nice, France
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Subway + Bus:  6 h 15 min
5
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Seattle, United States

3
nights
Raleigh, United States

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 20th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, get your game on at Urban Axes Durham, and then admire the natural beauty at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park, then stroll around Pullen Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Neuse River Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Raleigh online visit planner .

Seattle to Raleigh is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Raleigh is 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in May, with highs in Raleigh at 79°F and lows at 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Urban Axes Durham
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Urban Axes Durham ©
Urban Axes Durham
Neuse River Trail ©
Neuse River Trail

2
nights
Marseille, France

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 23rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Marseille online itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Raleigh to Marseille with the Route module. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Raleigh in May: highs in Marseille hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Route des Cretes, Calanques, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence
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2
nights
Saint-Raphael, France

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, and then get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Heraclee Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Murs Vegetaux, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Guerrevieille.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions, Heraclee Beach, Notre Dame d‘Afrique, Les Murs Vegetaux, Plage de Guerrevieille
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Les Murs Vegetaux ©
Les Murs Vegetaux
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Notre Dame d‘Afrique ©
Notre Dame d‘Afrique

3
nights
Nice, France

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, make a trip to Place Massena, have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Nice, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Marineland
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SENSAS Nice ©
SENSAS Nice
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, Mont-Saint-Michel is slightly colder than Nice - with highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel Bay ©
Mont Saint-Michel Bay

2
nights
Bayeux, France

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 31st (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bayeux using our trip planner.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, 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, France

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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

Plan trip to Paris with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Bayeux to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Paris sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can 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
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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