11 days in France Itinerary

11 days in France Itinerary

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Nice — 2 nights

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.
Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

Before you visit Nice, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Florence, Italy to Nice is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in August, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Saint-Raphael — 2 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see the vivid underwater world at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), then take a memorable excursion with TakSea, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Frejus Beach. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel and then get a dose of the wild on Forcerie Vial.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 38°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 2 nights

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
On the 21st (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins d'Eau, and then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip planning app.

You can fly from Saint-Raphael to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, things will get a bit cooler in Sarlat-la-Caneda: highs are around 32°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
Parks · Historic Sites
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Paris — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Paris, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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France travel guide

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.