25 days in France Itinerary

25 days in France Itinerary

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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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris journey planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Paris. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Paris at 18°C and lows at 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Flamanville (Golf Paysan & La Ferme aux Cinq Saisons) and Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, and take in the dramatic natural features at Grottes de Jobourg.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux itinerary planner.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Golf
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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 Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the striking landscape at Parc national des Calanques, don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and go for a walk through Calanque de Port-Miou.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Marseille holiday planning website.

You can fly from Bayeux to Marseille in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bayeux in May: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Saint-Raphael — 4 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans), Sainte-Maxime (Kelys & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez (in Saint-Tropez). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, learn about winemaking at Domaine Tropez, steep yourself in history at Chartreuse de la Verne, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Certosa di La Verne.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nice.
Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wineries
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Nice — 6 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins) and Antibes (Galerie du Faune, Villa Eilenroc, &more). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and make a trip to Place Massena.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.