16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  12​h
1
Paris
— 2 nights
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
3
Rouen
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Chamonix
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Nice
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Marseille
— 1 night
train:  45​min
8
Avignon
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  14​h
End: Minneapolis

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.
Let the collections at Palace of Versailles and Louvre Museum capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Eiffel Tower. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris road trip app .

Minneapolis, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in June, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 74°F and lows about 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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 17th (Mon): examine the collection at Arromanches 360, then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take in the history at Omaha Beach, then contemplate the long history of Museum of the Battle of Normandy, and then brush up on your military savvy at Memorial of Caen.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Paris in June, you will find days in Bayeux are little chillier (69°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Memorial de Caen, Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, Omaha Beach
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Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema ©
Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen

1
night
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Corderie Vallois, then take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen travel planning website .

You can drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Rouen are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Musee de la Corderie Vallois
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

1
day
Chamonix

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 20th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, make a trip to Glacier des Bossons, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chamonix sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rouen to Chamonix by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Nature Adventure
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Glacier des Bossons ©
Glacier des Bossons

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 21st (Fri): browse the exhibits of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach, and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau and then step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner .

Getting from Chamonix to Nice by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Nice are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Lérins Islands
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Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Calvi, Corsica

Calvi ©
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Galeria Marina, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola, and then contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Punta Spano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aregno Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Calvi attractions planner .

You can fly from Nice to Calvi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Calvi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Galeria Marina, Aregno Beach, Nature Reserve of Scandola, Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste
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Nature Reserve of Scandola ©
Nature Reserve of Scandola
Scuba & Snorkeling
Citadelle de Calvi ©
Citadelle de Calvi

1
night
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 25th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille online holiday maker .

You can fly from Calvi to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calanques
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Vallon des Auffes ©
Vallon des Auffes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Chateau des Baux de Provence. Explore hidden gems such as Roman Theatre of Orange and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon route maker .

Take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arles, Les Baux de Provence, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Roman Theatre of Orange
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Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange

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