13 days in France Itinerary

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Town, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nice vacation planner.

Chicago, USA to Nice is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Nice is 7 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Marseille.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat), Avignon (Wine Safari, Palais des Papes, &more) and Cassis (Trolib & Calanque de Port-Miou). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, wander the streets of The Panier, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in June, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Paris.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites
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Paris — 6 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Marseille to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Marseille in June; daily highs in Paris reach 74°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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.