18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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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: Antibes (Musee Picasso & Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Mairie de Cannes (in Cannes). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Place Massena, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nice sightseeing planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Nice, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: highs in Nice hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chamonix.
Museums · Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Parks
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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 12th (Thu), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, and finally stroll through Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lac Blanc, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, then take some stellar pictures from Brevent Cable Car, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Chamonix trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Chamonix takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Meribel.
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Meribel — 3 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Meribel: Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more) and Prosneige (in Val Thorens). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Meribel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Meribel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.
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Paris — 6 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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paris visit planner.

Getting from Meribel to Paris by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods
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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.