13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

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13 days in France Itinerary

Start: Newark
train + Fly:  12​h
1
Nice
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  4​h 45​min
3
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Bayeux
— 2 nights
5
Saint-Malo
— 1 night
6
Paris
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Newark

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and then stroll through Coco Beach. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice road trip tool .

Newark, USA to Nice is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Calvi, Corsica

Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Aregno Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, then stroll through Plage de l'Ostriconi, then make a trip to Phare de la Pietra, and finally kick back and relax at Punta Spano.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Calvi online route planner .

Getting from Nice to Calvi by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. August in Calvi sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Plage de l'Ostriconi, Aregno Beach, Phare de la Pietra
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Citadelle de Calvi ©
Citadelle de Calvi
Aregno Beach ©
Aregno Beach

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
On the 30th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally wander the streets of Carcassonne Medieval City. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent's Church, then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, then see the interesting displays at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Calvi to Carcassonne Center in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Calvi in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Carcassonne Center, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

O'Vineyards, Chateaux de Lastours, Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Museum of the Battle of Normandy and Memorial of Caen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Airborne Museum and Musee du debarquement capture your imagination. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, get outside with Omaha Beach, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip maker app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Carcassonne Center to Bayeux in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, Bayeux is a bit cooler than Carcassonne Center - with highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Memorial de Caen, Airborne Museum, American Cemetery & Memorial, Pointe du Hoc
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

1
night
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Samson, and finally make a trip to Centre Historique.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Malo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Centre Historique, Pointe du Grouin, Cathedrale Saint-Samson
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Plage du Sillon ©
Plage du Sillon
Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Thu), make a trip to Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then contemplate the long history of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then contemplate the long history of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read our Paris online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Saint-Malo to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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