16 days in France Itinerary

16 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

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Sydney, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Nice due to the time zone difference. In April, Nice is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive 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 Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence), Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Palais des Papes (in Avignon). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, examine the collection at Musee des Chantiers Naval, and head outdoors with Route des Cretes.

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Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

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 22nd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetières Militaires, then stroll the grounds of Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant.

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You can fly from Marseille to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, Bayeux is slightly colder than Marseille - with highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) 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. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.
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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.