21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour itinerary maker

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Paris
— 7 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles), Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and stop by Montmartre.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary builder website.

Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Paris. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre) and Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, indulge your senses at Cave Cidricole Lecornu, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux trip builder app.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel and then make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planning website.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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Marseille

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Avignon (Pont d'Avignon, Palais des Papes, &more), Trolib (in Cassis) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and take a stroll through The Panier.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille itinerary planning site.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Marseille by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in May, with highs in Marseille at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nice

— 5 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 Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). The adventure continues: visit Vieille Ville, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice journey maker website.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.