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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Eglise de Biot (in Biot) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Town, make a trip to Place Massena, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

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Brisbane, Australia to Nice is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brisbane to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in May, you will find days in Nice are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Trolib (in Cassis), Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Cours Mirabeau) and Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and wander the streets of The Panier.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille vacation site.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel online attractions planner.

Fly from Marseille to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marseille in May: high temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 1 night

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

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Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car 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. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, stop by Montmartre, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Paris attractions planning app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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.