18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
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Hyeres
— 1 night
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Nice

— 3 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.
Nice is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

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Doha, Qatar to Nice is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. In December, Nice is a bit cooler than Doha - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

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Hyeres

— 1 night
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. On the 5th (Sun), stroll around Parc Olbius-Riquier and then surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe.

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You can drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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Marseille

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 6th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then take a stroll through The Panier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and then get a dose of the wild on Trolib.

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Drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Marseille, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Carcassonne

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 8th (Wed), don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and then do a tasting at O'Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, then walk around Place Gambetta, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

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Fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Neighborhoods
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and then brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen.

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Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites

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Paris

— 7 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. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

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You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 18th (Sat), you're off to home.

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France travel guide

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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.