18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Andon
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Bus to Geneva Bus Station, Train to Paris
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Nice

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Menton (Les Jardins Bioves, Visite Confiturerie Herbin, &more) and Cannes (Galerie1414 & Lérins Islands). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nice trip planning app.

Amritsar, India to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Amritsar to Nice. When traveling from Amritsar in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Andon.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Andon

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): hit the slopes at Station de Ski L'Audibergue.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Andon journey builder.

You can drive from Nice to Andon in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Andon are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Andon

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Highlights from your trip

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 16th (Tue): explore the galleries of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, then hike along Massif du Tanneron, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kuentz le Monde des Cactus, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Les Balcons du Cap Roux. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Andon to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Marseille

— 2 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.
On the 18th (Thu), surround yourself with nature on Trolib, cruise along Route des Cretes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Sentier Littoral, indulge in some personalized pampering at Villa des Flo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Foret de Roustagnon, and finally look for gifts at Le Cassetin du Diable.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary site.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Marseille by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 2 nights

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.
On the 20th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, then hit the slopes at Vallee Blanche, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Brevent Cable Car, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chamonix planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Chamonix in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Le Marais, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris vacation builder.

Getting from Chamonix to Paris by combination of bus and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In February in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.