18 days in France, Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

18 days in France, Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

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18 days in France, Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

Start: Charlottetown, Canada
Fly:  15​h
1
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Bayeux, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Taxi + Fly + Bus:  11​h
5
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Charlottetown, Canada

2
nights
Nice, France

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and St Nicholas Cathedral. You'll explore and learn at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Palais Lascaris. When in Nice, make a side trip to see Saint-Paul de Vence in St-Paul-de-Vence, approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For ratings and other tourist information, read our Nice tour website .

Charlottetown, Canada to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Charlottetown in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Nice: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saint-Paul de Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

3
nights
Paris, France

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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paris day trip planning website .

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nice in May, with highs in Paris at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

1
night
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 12th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then don't miss a visit to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Normandie Savoir-Faire.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip planner .

Take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Normandy American Cemetery
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel, then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally make a trip to La Grande Rue.

To plan Mont-Saint-Michel vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Galway.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Museums
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel ©
Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel

2
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Salthill Promenade. You'll explore and learn at Michael Davitt Museum and National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. Change things up with a short trip to Admiral Brown Centre in Foxford (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Galway Arts Centre, explore the historical opulence of Oranmore Castle, get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, and pause for some photo ops at Galway City Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Galway day trip planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Galway in 17 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in May, you will find days in Galway are little chillier (16°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Foxford, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Visit Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology and National Library of Ireland. Next up on the itinerary: walk around St Stephens Green, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hallgrimskirkja and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar). National Museum of Iceland and Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). There's much more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan, and pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Reykjavik trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Dublin to Reykjavik in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Dublin in May, you will find days in Reykjavik are a bit cooler (11°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Thingvellir National Park
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National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja

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