17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Paris
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
2
Versailles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Bayeux
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Aix-en-Provence
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Chateauneuf-du-Pape
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
La Croix-Valmer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cannes
— 2 nights
8
Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Le Marais and Montmartre. Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Paris due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in May, with highs in Paris at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

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

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Versailles

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Palace of Versailles, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Canal, and then contemplate the long history of The Trianons & The Hamlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of The Royal Chapel, then make a trip to The Hall of Mirrors, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc Zoologique et Chateau de Thoiry, and finally look for gifts at L'adresse gourmande.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Versailles road trip planner.

Versailles is just a short distance from Paris. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Parc Zoologique et Chateau de Thoiry
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet
Grand Canal ©
Grand Canal

1
night
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 17th (Fri), look for gifts at H2O Parapluies, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux holiday maker app .

You can drive from Versailles to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

H2O Parapluies, American Cemetery & Memorial
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame

1
night
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then examine the collection at Granet Museum, and finally look for gifts at L'Obsidienne.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Bayeux to Aix-en-Provence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bayeux in May, with highs in Aix-en-Provence at 27°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre ©
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Cours Mirabeau ©
Cours Mirabeau

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nights
Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Chateauneuf-du-Pape ©
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): do a tasting at Caveau Xavier Vignon - Domaine de Beaumalric, learn about winemaking at Nuances du Sud, then do a tasting at Caveau du Vacqueyras, then delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, and finally do a tasting at Domaine de Beaurenard. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Vignobles Mayard, do a tasting at Cave Ourouse, then do a tasting at Domain du Banneret, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Albin Jacumin.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chateauneuf-du-Pape trip planning app .

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Chateauneuf-du-Pape in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Chateauneuf-du-Pape sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Beaumes-de-Venise, Caveau du Vacqueyras, Roman Theatre of Orange
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Caveau du Vacqueyras ©
Caveau du Vacqueyras
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange

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nights
La Croix-Valmer

La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Port Grimaud Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Street Market of Cogolin, then step into the grandiose world of Grimaud Castle, and finally examine the collection at Confiserie Azureenne. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Domaine Sainte Marie, then stroll through Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally contemplate the long history of Chartreuse de la Verne.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Croix-Valmer trip planner .

Drive from Chateauneuf-du-Pape to La Croix-Valmer in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Cannes.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Collobrieres, Grimaud, Street Market of Cogolin, Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Port Grimaud Beach ©
Port Grimaud Beach
Confiserie Azureenne ©
Confiserie Azureenne

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Rue d'Antibes, then wander the streets of La Croisette, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cannes online trip builder .

Getting from La Croix-Valmer to Cannes by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Cannes are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Marseille.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
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Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

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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 24th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. On the next day, take a stroll through The Panier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and then explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Cannes to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Calanques
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques

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