20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 1 night
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Andon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Train
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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Chamonix

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then stroll through Brevent Cable Car, and then see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, then hit the slopes at Vallee Blanche, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chamonix day trip tool.

Vienna, Austria to Chamonix is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 2:

Nice

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins), Menton (Les Jardins Bioves & Jardin du Palais Carnoles) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). There's much more to do: stop by Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Place Massena, and explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nice online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In March in Nice, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Andon.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 7:

Andon

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Station de Ski L'Audibergue. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Presbytère, contemplate the long history of Moulin a farine d'Entrevaux, look for gifts at La Pain D'Epicerie, then make a trip to Porte Royale, then make a trip to Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption d`Entrevaux, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Le Spa des Delices.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Andon online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Nice to Andon takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Andon

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: La Mene (in Grimaud), Naturozen (in Vidauban) and Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, take in nature's colorful creations at Kuentz le Monde des Cactus, pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Andon to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:

Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Trolib (in Cassis), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Bandol (Villa des Flo & Foret de Roustagnon). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, stroll through Parc National des Calanques, and wander the streets of The Panier.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip maker.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 15:

Paris

— 5 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 museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Le Marais, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Take a train from Marseille to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Marseille in March; daily highs in Paris reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 20:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.