17 days in Raleigh & France Itinerary

17 days in Raleigh & France Itinerary

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Raleigh, United States
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Saint-Raphael, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
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Raleigh, United States

— 3 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, have some family-friendly fun at Urban Axes Durham, and then admire the natural beauty at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, identify plant and animal life at Fletcher Park, then walk around Pullen Park, and finally trek along Neuse River Trail.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Raleigh trip maker website.

Seattle to Raleigh is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Traveling from Seattle in May, expect Raleigh to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Fun & Games

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Marseille, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

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 23rd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, don't miss a visit 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then cruise along Route des Cretes, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

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Getting from Raleigh to Marseille by flight takes about 14.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Raleigh in May, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Saint-Raphael, France

— 2 nights
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, then don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Heraclee Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Murs Vegetaux, and then stroll through Plage de Guerrevieille.

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You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

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Nice, France

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Nice.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planning website.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Nice sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel attractions app.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nice in May: high temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel hover around 62°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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Bayeux, France

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 31st (Sun), explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then 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 1st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then stroll the grounds of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Pegasus Memorial, and finally contemplate the long history of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant.

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Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

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Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris attractions tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.