13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Rouen
— 1 day
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive to Nantes, Fly to Nice
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Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
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Meribel
— 1 night
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Paris Orly
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Paris
— 2 nights
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Rouen

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, then take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rouen trip itinerary maker app.

Dallas, USA to Rouen is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Rouen is 7 hours. When traveling from Dallas in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rouen: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Attractions like Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and Omaha Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux trip planner.

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Nice

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.
Get some historical perspective at Lérins Islands and Palais Lascaris. Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: St-Paul-de-Vence (Saint-Paul de Vence & La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint Hospice.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bayeux to Nice in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, Nice is somewhat warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Meribel.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Meribel

Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): tour along fresh powder with SnowLimits Ski School, let little ones run wild at Dragon de l'Altai, then stroll through Elements Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Moulin de Burdin. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Tania.

To see reviews and other tourist information, use the Meribel tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nice to Meribel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nice in December, with highs in Meribel at 42°F and lows at 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Meribel

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Paris

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.
Bring the kids along to Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and contemplate the long history of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Meribel to Paris takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites
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France travel guide

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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.