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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Visit La cité médiévale and Le Suquet for their historical value. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Antibes (Le Nomade & Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes) and Cannes (La Croisette & Île Sainte-Marguerite). There's still lots to do: visit Place Rossetti and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nice day trip planning website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in March: high temperatures in Nice hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Arles.
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Arles — 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Arles travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Nice to Arles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Arles, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Just. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Chateau Auzias, then explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer — 2 nights

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. On the 4th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, then see the interesting displays at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer visit planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Carcassonne, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nantes.
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Nantes — 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau d'Angers and Chateau de Langeais. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and Cite Medievale de Guerande. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye). There's still lots to do: stop by Village de Trentemoult, wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nantes trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Nantes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Nantes are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel 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.