11 days in France Itinerary

11 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner

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Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cassis
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 1 night
Drive
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Nice
— 2 nights
Fly
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
Fly
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Chamonix

— 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): make a trip to Glacier des Bossons, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, and then head outdoors with Les Gorges de la Diosaz. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Domaine des Planards, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Aiguilles Rouges, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chamonix road trip website.

New York City, USA to Chamonix is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Cassis.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Cassis

— 1 night
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on Trolib, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then explore and take pictures at Route des Cretes.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cassis itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Chamonix to Cassis in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Cassis sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 4:

Saint-Raphael

— 1 night
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), then head outdoors with TakSea, and then trek along Les Balcons du Cap Roux.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael road trip planning website.

You can drive from Cassis to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. July in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 5:

Nice

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Marineland. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, and then make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nice online route maker.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Nice, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle itinerary app.

You can fly from Nice to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle when traveling from Nice in July, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Paris

— 3 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.
Paris is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paris day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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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.