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.
Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nice road trip planning app.

London, UK to Nice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Nice. In August, Nice is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.
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Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cannes visit planning tool.

Drive from Nice to Cannes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in August, Cannes is slightly colder at night with lows of 21°C. You will leave for Saint-Raphael on the 15th (Mon).
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Saint-Raphael — 2 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, then let the kids burn off some steam at Jardin Bonaparte, then make a splash at Aqualand Frejus, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Terres Destel. Keep things going the next day: test your problem-solving skills at Total Xscape and then don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Saint-Raphael travel planner.

You can take a train from Cannes to Saint-Raphael in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Cannes in August, you will find days in Saint-Raphael are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grimaud.
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Grimaud — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): kick back and relax at Plage de Pampelonne, admire the striking features of Church St Francis of Assisi, then stop by Port Grimaud, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grimaud. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Plage de l'Estagnol and then get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Grimaud route builder.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Grimaud in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then make a trip to Chateau d'If, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): examine the collection at Musee Granet, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and then don't miss a visit to Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre.

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You can drive from Grimaud to Marseille in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Castellane.
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Castellane — 2 nights

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, then take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon, and then take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes La Palud.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Castellane online route planner.

Getting from Marseille to Castellane by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 3 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 with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paris holiday planning tool.

Getting from Castellane to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Castellane in August; daily highs in Paris reach 29°C and lows reach 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for 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.