13 days in France Itinerary

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Nice — 4 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: Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Musee Picasso). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Nice is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Nice due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dubai in January, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Nice: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille — 1 night

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 13th (Fri), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

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You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January in Marseille, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 7 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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You can fly from Marseille to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Marseille in January: highs in Paris hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 1°C. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Fri).
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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.