12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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Drive to Folkestone, Train to Calais-Fréthun, Drive to Bayeux
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— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 5 nights


Bayeux — 1 night

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 24th (Sat): take in the history at Omaha Beach and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and then learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux visit app.

London, UK to Bayeux is an approximately 6-hour combination of car and train. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Bayeux. December in Bayeux sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Cannes.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches
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Cannes — 3 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Visit Vieille Ville and Le Suquet for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas and Musée Marc Chagall. Take a break from Cannes with a short trip to Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice in Nice, about 46 minutes away. There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue d'Antibes and wander the streets of La Croisette.

To find photos and other tourist information, read Cannes trip maker website.

You can fly from Bayeux to Cannes in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Bayeux, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cannes, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Colmar.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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Colmar — 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 29th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise De l'Invention De La Sainte-Croix, then make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, and finally make a trip to Old Town. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, then make a trip to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colmar trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cannes to Colmar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cannes in December; daily highs in Colmar reach 9°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Paris — 5 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.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter for their historical value. Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, make a trip to Champs-Elysees, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Colmar to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train back home.
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France travel guide

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.