8 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 2 nights
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
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Paris
— 3 nights
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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 12th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then wander the streets of Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and finally steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris.

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Halifax, Canada to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Halifax to Nice. Traveling from Halifax in March, things will get warmer in Nice: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer — 1 night

Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and then take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

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You can drive from Nice to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer — 1 night

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then take in the history at Omaha Beach.

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Fly from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in March, with highs in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, and visit Le Marais.

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You can drive from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Paris are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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