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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 Dune La Londe (in La Londe Les Maures), Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Musee Granet) and Parc Olbius-Riquier (in Hyeres). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, wander the streets of The Panier, shop like a local with Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

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Austin, USA to Marseille is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Austin in November, with highs in Marseille at 61°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Nice.
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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: Wine Shop Flacons Divins (in Antibes) and Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Town, explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and take in panoramic vistas at Belanda Tower.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Lyon.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, test your problem-solving skills at KOEZIO Lyon, then stop by Ilet Gourmand, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

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Traveling by flight from Nice to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in November, expect Lyon to be slightly colder, temps between 53°F and 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Montmartre, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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You can fly from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November in Paris, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.