26 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Amboise
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 1 night
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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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online travel route planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect nights in Paris to be little chillier, around 35°F, while days are cooler, around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Pegasus Bridge (in Ranville) and Honfleur (Artiane Gallery, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames, and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in January, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Amboise.
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Amboise — 4 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amboise: Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny), Domaine Huet (in Vouvray) and Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Troglo Degusto, contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, and appreciate the history behind Statue Leonardo da Vinci.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Amboise visit site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Amboise in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Avignon.
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Avignon — 5 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Montpellier (Excalibur, Room Escape Games, &more) and Nimes (La Maison Carree, Arenes de Nimes, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, stop by Place Des Carmes, get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet, and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Avignon sightseeing planning site.

Fly from Amboise to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in January, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paul Cezanne’s Studio, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, stroll through Parc National des Calanques, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, and step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the striking features of Cloitre de la Cathedrale de Frejus, then look for all kinds of wild species at Base Nature Francois Leotard, then relax and rejuvenate at Thalasso Spa Les Issambres, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Terres Destel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): trek along Massif du Tanneron and then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Saint-Raphael travel planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice — 1 night

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.
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Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Mon).
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France travel guide

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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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