12 days in France Itinerary

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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, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, wander the streets of Le Marais, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

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Jackson, USA to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Jackson in March, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 53°F and 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Nice to Cannes to see Lérins Islands about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

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You can fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in March, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 59°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

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Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Marseille are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Lyon — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

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You can fly from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Marseille in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lyon: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 39°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Mon).
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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.