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Nice — 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take a stroll through Old Town, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice tour itinerary site.

Chicago, USA to Nice is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 58°F in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Saint-Raphael — 2 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get interesting insight from Forcerie Vial and then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Vinaigre, then trek along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, and then make a trip to Cap du Dramont.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Hyeres — 3 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Take a break from Hyeres with a short trip to Le village des Tortues in Gonfaron, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with Dune La Londe, stroll through Sentier Jean Francois Jube, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and take in the dramatic natural features at Presqu'ile de Giens.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hyeres travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to 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 Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Cours Mirabeau). Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and visit The Panier.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Hyeres to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in November, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 3 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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, make a trip to La Porte D'aude, pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. November in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 6 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 Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and explore the galleries of Louvre Museum.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Paris online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Carcassonne to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. While traveling from Carcassonne, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch 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.