12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
+2
Train + Shuttle + Fly:  6​h
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Antibes
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Bus:  30​min
4
Marseille
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Train:  5​h 45​min
End: Cardiff

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Place Garibaldi. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monastère de Cimiez and Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Step out of Nice to go to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and see Promenade Le Corbusier, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu, and contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nice journey site .

Cardiff, UK to Nice is an approximately 6-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Cardiff in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nice, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Antibes.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cemetery of the Old Chateau, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Promenade Le Corbusier, Villa Kerylos
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Promenade Le Corbusier ©
Promenade Le Corbusier
Tourrettes-sur-Loup ©
Tourrettes-sur-Loup

3
nights
Antibes

Antibes ©
The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Le Suquet will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and Musee du Parfum Fragonard. Get out of town with these interesting Antibes side-trips: Plage de l'Escalet (in Ramatuelle), Abbey of Thoronet (in Le Thoronet) and Port Grimaud Beach (in Port Grimaud). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Baie des Milliardaires, and get some fabulous bargains at Le Musee du Parfum.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Antibes trip planner.

Antibes is just a stone's throw from Nice. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Antibes

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grasse, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Le Suquet, Plage de l'Escalet, Port Grimaud Beach
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Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes ©
Abbaye du Thoronet ©
Abbaye du Thoronet

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and finally steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, then admire the masterpieces at Chateau La Coste en Provence, and then see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Antibes to Aix-en-Provence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Marseille.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Arles
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Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre ©
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre
Musee Departemental Arles Antique ©
Musee Departemental Arles Antique
Chateau La Coste en Provence ©
Chateau La Coste en Provence

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.
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Grotte de Sainte Marie Madeleine will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Roman Theatre of Orange and Vallon des Auffes. Go for a jaunt from Marseille to Avignon to see Palais des Papes about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, and examine the collection at Centre de la Vieille Charite.

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Marseille is just a stone's throw from Aix-en-Provence. In December, daytime highs in Marseille are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Roman Theatre of Orange, Palais des Papes, Grotte de Sainte Marie Madeleine
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Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Grotte de Sainte Marie Madeleine ©

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