9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

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9 days in France Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Nice
— 1 day
Train:  45 min
2
Cannes
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Aix-en-Provence
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
4
Avignon
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
5
Lourdes
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
La Rochelle
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
7
Paris
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
8
Rouen
— 1 night
+5
Train + Foot + Train + Fly + Bus + Train:  17 h 45 min
End: Tampa, Florida

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nice day trip planning website .

Tampa, USA to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Tampa in May, you will find days in Nice are colder (69°F), and nights are slightly colder (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris

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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 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise de Biot, then visit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), then take a stroll through La Croisette, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannes trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Nice to Cannes in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Cannes, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Eglise de Biot
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette

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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 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum Calisson, examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence trip planner .

You can drive from Cannes to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Avignon.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites
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Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles

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Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon online attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Avignon are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lourdes.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Roman Theatre of Orange, Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange

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Lourdes

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lourdes trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Avignon to Lourdes takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Avignon in May: highs in Lourdes hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites
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La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Rue Sur-les-Murs, then explore the activities along Vieux Port, then make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Rochelle online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lourdes to La Rochelle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in La Rochelle, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Towers of La Rochelle ©
Towers of La Rochelle

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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 13th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker .

Traveling by train from La Rochelle to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Paris sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Saint-Sever.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rouen trip tool .

You can take a bus from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites
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Cimetiere Saint-Sever ©
Cimetiere Saint-Sever

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