8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner
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Nice — 2 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.
On the 17th (Sat), head off the coast to Lérins Islands and then shop like a local with Gallery 26. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then make a trip to Place Massena, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice road trip planning tool.

Miami, USA to Nice is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In December, Nice is colder than Miami - with highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Saint-Raphael — 1 night

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, and then play a few rounds at Golf et Tennis Club de Valescure.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael driving holiday planning tool.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Saint-Raphael when traveling from Nice in December, with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.
Golf · Outdoors · Spas · Historic Sites
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Chamonix — 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then soothe aching muscles at Snooga.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chamonix day trip site.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Chamonix in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.
Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature · Parks
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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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, wander the streets of Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Chamonix to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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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.