12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
+2
train + subway + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Paris
— 2 nights
2
Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
train:  4​h 45​min
4
Nantes
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Ares
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
7
Nice
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  17​h 45​min
End: Sacramento

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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris itinerary planner.

Sacramento, USA to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sacramento to Paris, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sacramento in September; daily highs in Paris reach 70°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
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 4th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Bayeux tour planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

American Cemetery & Memorial
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American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 5th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

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Getting from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. September in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

1
night
Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nantes trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nantes in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Ares.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes

1
night
Ares

Ares ©
Arès is a commune in the Gironde department in southwestern France. On the 7th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Femme Oceane, stop by L'ere Salee, and then don't miss a visit to Ovniport.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ares trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nantes to Ares takes 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ares are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Ares

Shopping
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Ovniport ©
Ovniport

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then cruise along Route des Cretes, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ares to Aix-en-Provence. Traveling from Ares in September, Aix-en-Provence is a bit warmer at night with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Marseille, La Ciotat, Calanques
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

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.
On the 10th (Tue), make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, and finally take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Le Nomade, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then make a trip to Place Massena.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Nice, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 65°F at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Adventure

Side Trips

Le Nomade, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

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