12 days in France Itinerary

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Paris — 4 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, Montmartre, Musee d'Orsay, and other attractions.

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Chicago, USA to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Paris due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in March, with highs in Paris at 53°F and lows at 38°F. On the 20th (Sun), you're off to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Lyon — 3 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.
Lyon is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon day trip app.

Getting from Paris to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to fly to Nice.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
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Nice — 2 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.
On the 24th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Lérins Islands and then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then make a trip to Place Massena, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

Getting from Lyon to Nice by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 47°F in Nice. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips
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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.
For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Marseille are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel to Paris.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Shopping
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City of Light

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris journey maker app.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Marseille in March; daily highs in Paris reach 53°F and lows reach 38°F. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Sat).
Nightlife · Tours · Shopping · Fun & Games
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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.