12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris travel route builder app.

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Paris, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Paris hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Laser game Evolution (in Les-Pennes-Mirabeau), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Aviasim Aix-en-Provence, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Toulon, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Chantiers Naval.

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

Getting from Paris to Marseille by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums
Side Trips
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Nice — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, then visit Old Town, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays 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.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nice day trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries
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France travel guide

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.