17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France attractions planner

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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly

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Paris

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (L'Orangerie, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paris tour planner.

Nottingham, UK to Paris is an approximately 5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Nottingham, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Honfleur (Pont de Normandie, Vieux Bassin, &more), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Rouen sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Colleville-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then get outside with Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

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Traveling by car from Rouen to Colleville-sur-Mer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

To find photos and other tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel visit planner.

Getting from Colleville-sur-Mer to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Etangs de Villepey (in Saint-Aygulf), La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron & Plage de Sylvabelle) and Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez (in Saint-Tropez). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, go for a stroll along the water at Marines de Cogolin, stroll through Plage de Jean Blanc, and head outdoors with Plage de Saint-Clair.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael trip planner.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Raphael by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August; daily highs in Saint-Raphael reach 38°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Nice

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and make a trip to Place Massena.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.