12 days in France Itinerary

12 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip builder website.

Paris to Nice is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In February, Nice is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Martigues.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
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Martigues — 2 nights

Martigues is a commune northwest of Marseille. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de L'Annonciade, don't miss a visit to Chateau de L'Hauture, and then don't miss a visit to Tableau Monumental de Guillaume Bottazzi. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Sentier Du Lezard and then soothe aching muscles at CrossFit Salon de Provence.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Martigues online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Martigues takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Martigues when traveling from Nice in February, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Chamalieres.
Spas · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Chamalieres — 1 night

Chamalières is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in central France.Chamalières is the third-largest town in the department and lies about 150mi from Lyon.HistorySeveral thousand wooden Gallo-Roman ex-votos, most of them anthropomorphic standing figures, also including images of limbs and internal organs, dated by associated coins to the first century, were recovered from the shrine at the mineral springs known as the Source des Roches ("Rock Spring"). On the 22nd (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame de Chamalieres and then stroll around Parc Bargoin.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamalieres day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Martigues to Chamalieres takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, Chamalieres is a bit cooler than Martigues - with highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Amiens.
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Amiens — 2 nights

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
On the 23rd (Wed), take a stroll through St-Leu, then contemplate the long history of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, and then stroll the grounds of Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, admire the masterpieces at Musee de Picardie, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally stroll through Veloroute Vallee de Somme.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Amiens road trip planner.

Drive from Chamalieres to Amiens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Amiens sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Paris.
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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.
Paris is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, visit Montmartre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. February in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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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.