19 days in France Itinerary

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Rouen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Deauville Beach (in Deauville City), Honfleur (Vieux Bassin & Saint Catherine's Catholic Church) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's lots more to do: get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Rouen online tour itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Rouen is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

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 20th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online trip builder.

Drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bayeux are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel and then don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Change things up with a short trip to Eco Gliss in Les Issambres (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Chateau, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sac A Main En Liege, and explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer).

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Saint-Raphael travel planner.

Fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Raphael in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in July: high temperatures in Saint-Raphael hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Nice — 4 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet). And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Marineland, enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, make a trip to Place Massena, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 6 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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary planner.

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nice in July since evenings lows in Paris dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to fly 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.