18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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18 days in France Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  5​h
1
Marseille
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Les Baux de Provence
— 1 night
3
Cannes
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Menton
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Caen
— 2 nights
7
Paris
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
8
Marne-la-Vallee
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Bristol

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 28th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Librairie du MuCEM.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille itinerary builder.

Bristol, UK to Marseille is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Bristol to Marseille, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Marseille is a bit warmer than Bristol - with highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Les Baux de Provence.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
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The Panier ©
The Panier
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

1
night
Les Baux de Provence

Les Baux de Provence ©
Les Baux-de-Provence is a French commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of the province of Provence in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): stop by Le Caviste de Maussane, then experience rural life at Moulin CastelaS, then steep yourself in history at Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Santons.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Les Baux de Provence trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Les Baux de Provence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. July in Les Baux de Provence sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Les Baux de Provence

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Le Caviste de Maussane
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Chateau des Baux de Provence ©
Chateau des Baux de Provence
Le Caviste de Maussane ©
Le Caviste de Maussane
Musee des Santons ©
Musee des Santons

2
nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
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.
On the 31st (Wed), head off the coast to Lérins Islands. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes, get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame d'Esperance.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Cannes vacation trip planner.

Getting from Les Baux de Provence to Cannes by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Les Baux de Provence in July, expect nights in Cannes to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Menton.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

2
nights
Menton

Menton ©
Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): indulge your taste buds at Marche des Halles de Menton, then admire the masterpieces at Musée Jean Cocteau - Collection Severin Wunderman, then look for gifts at Au Pays du Citron, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilique Saint Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs, stroll through Palmes Beach, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Chateau Cemetery.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Menton trip planner.

You can drive from Cannes to Menton in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Menton are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Menton

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Basilica St. Michel ©
Basilica St. Michel
Cemetery of the Old Chateau ©
Cemetery of the Old Chateau

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Palais Lascaris. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and Musée Marc Chagall will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, stop by Deli', and take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Nice sightseeing planner.

Nice is just a stone's throw from Menton. In August in Nice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Caen.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Deli', Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Caen

Caen ©
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and then stop by Les Vergers de Ducy - Domaine de la Flaguerie. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then stop by Fantastic Attic, and then get engrossed in the history at Memorial of Caen.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Caen travel planner.

You can fly from Nice to Caen in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in August, things will get a bit cooler in Caen: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Caen

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bayeux, Les Vergers de Ducy - Domaine de la Flaguerie
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Get a sense of the local culture at Dôme Sacre Coeur and Louvre Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay, make a trip to Place de la Concorde, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris itinerary builder.

Getting from Caen to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Caen in August, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Marne-la-Vallee.

Things to do in Paris

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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Marne-la-Vallee

Marne-la-Vallee ©
As a "new town" best known for its Euro Disney Park and resorts, Marne-la-Vallée is a modern family resort town.
On the 12th (Mon), delve into the lush surroundings at Foret de Compiegne and then stop by Disney Store. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Disney Village, learn about winemaking at Champagne Alain Mercier et Fils, and then explore the galleries of La Grange aux Dimes.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Marne-la-Vallee trip itinerary builder.

Marne-la-Vallee is very close to Paris. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marne-la-Vallee

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Provins, Foret de Compiegne, Champagne Alain Mercier et Fils
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Foret de Compiegne ©
Foret de Compiegne
Eglise Saint-Quiriace ©
Eglise Saint-Quiriace
La Grange aux Dimes ©
La Grange aux Dimes

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