17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
Train
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nimes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 1 day
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 1 night
Drive
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Grasse
Drive
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Nice
— 2 nights

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Paris — 4 nights

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 much more to do: contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Avignon.
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Avignon — 3 nights

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Venture out of the city with trips to Roussillon (Le Sentier des Ocres & Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo) and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes). Dedicate the 12th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, identify plant and animal life at Wine Safari, take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms, and don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Avignon visit planner.

You can fly from Paris to Avignon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, you will find days in Avignon are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

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.
On the 14th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Via Domitia of Narbonne, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just, and then ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal du Midi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nimes.
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Nimes — 2 nights

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): make a trip to Place du Marche, explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Et-Saint-Castor de Nimes, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Magne, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at La Porte Auguste, see the interesting displays at Haribo Museum, then admire the natural beauty at La Bambouseraie en Cevennes, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nimes day trip tool.

Drive from Carcassonne to Nimes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Nimes, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.
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Arles — 1 day

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Arles trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Nimes to Arles in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Marseille are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cannes.
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Cannes — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Île Sainte-Marguerite, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cannes itinerary planner.

Getting from Marseille to Cannes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Cannes sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grasse.
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Grasse

Grasse is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department, on the French Riviera.The town is considered the world's capital of perfume. On the 21st (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Gorges du Loup and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame du Puy.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Grasse online travel route planner.

Getting from Cannes to Grasse by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Grasse, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): make a trip to Place Massena.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nice vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Grasse to Nice takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) 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.
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