11 days in France Itinerary

11 days in France Itinerary

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Start: Paris
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Paris
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Biarritz
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
3
Guethary
— Few hours
Drive:  5 h 45 min
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Figeac
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Montpellier
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Le Grau-du-Roi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Cannes
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
9
Nice
— Few hours
Fly + Tram:  3 h
10
Lyon
— 2 nights
Tram + Fly:  3 h 15 min
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Caen
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
End: Paris

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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Biarritz

Biarritz ©
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at La Cote des Basques, then meet the residents at Aquarium de Biarritz, then appreciate the history behind Rocher de la Vierge, and finally don't miss a visit to Phare de Biarritz.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Biarritz travel route builder app.

You can fly from Paris to Biarritz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Guethary.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Aquarium de Biarritz ©
Aquarium de Biarritz
Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge
Phare de Biarritz ©
Phare de Biarritz

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Guethary

Guethary
Guéthary is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France. To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Guethary day trip site.

Guethary is just a short distance from Biarritz. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 54°F. You'll set off for Figeac on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in Guethary

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Figeac

Figeac
Figeac is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France. For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Figeac journey planning app.

Drive from Guethary to Figeac in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Guethary in May, Figeac is slightly colder at night with lows of 46°F. You'll set off for Montpellier on the 22nd (Mon).

Things to do in Figeac

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): shop like a local with Place de la Comedie.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Montpellier online vacation planner.

Getting from Figeac to Montpellier by car takes about 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Figeac in May, with highs in Montpellier at 72°F and lows at 54°F. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Montpellier

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Place de la Comedie ©
Place de la Comedie

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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.
On the 22nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Le Grau-du-Roi.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Calanques
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
The Panier ©
The Panier

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Le Grau-du-Roi

Le Grau-du-Roi ©
Le Grau-du-Roi is a commune in the Gard department in southern France. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and then meet the residents at Seaquarium.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Le Grau-du-Roi trip maker.

Drive from Marseille to Le Grau-du-Roi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Le Grau-du-Roi are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Le Grau-du-Roi

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
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Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau ©
Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes ©
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes
Seaquarium ©
Seaquarium

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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 25th (Thu), stop by Le Suquet and then step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of La Croisette, shop like a local with Rue d'Antibes, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Fragonard.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cannes online trip maker.

Drive from Le Grau-du-Roi to Cannes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Musee Fragonard
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

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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.
To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

Traveling by train from Cannes to Nice takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 57°F. You will leave for Lyon on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Lyon

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Georges, then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lyon online day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and tram from Nice to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in May, Lyon is slightly colder at night with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Caen.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon

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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 29th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Pegasus Memorial, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Caen trip planner.

Do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Caen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in May, expect nights in Caen to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are slightly colder, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bayeux, Pegasus Memorial
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 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Pegasus Memorial ©
Pegasus Memorial