12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

3
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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris driving holiday planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Paris. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Paris: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Aviasim Aix-en-Provence, & more), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Virtual Room Toulon (in La Valette-du-Var). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get your game on at Laser game Evolution, and get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille online travel route planner .

You can fly from Paris to Marseille in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Virtual Room Toulon, Musee des Chantiers Naval, Laser game Evolution, Palais des Papes
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

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nights
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 30th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Place Massena, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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