36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Drive to Cannes
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Cannes
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 6 nights
Fly
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Grenoble
— 5 nights
Drive
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Courchevel
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
Drive
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Menton
— 6 nights
Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Parkes

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Cannes — 5 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nice (Statue de Garibaldi, Place Garibaldi, &more), Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron) and Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Lérins Islands, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and visit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe).

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cannes trip planner.

Parkes, Australia to Cannes is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Parkes to Cannes. February in Cannes sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Bandol (Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales, Villa des Flo, &more), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence). Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, and visit The Panier.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Cannes to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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 Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paris travel route website.

Fly from Marseille to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Marseille in February, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Grenoble.
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Grenoble — 5 nights

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grenoble: Les Massages de Laurent - Bien Etre et Soins (in Lanslebourg Mont Cenis), Room Escape Games (in Valence) and Domaine skiable Pelvoux Vallouise (in Pelvoux). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee Dauphinois, examine the collection at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, stroll through SnowPark, and hit the slopes at La Grave.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Grenoble road trip planning website.

You can fly from Paris to Grenoble in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Courchevel.
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Courchevel — 4 nights

Explore Courchevel's surroundings by going to Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School & Oxygene Ski School La Plagne), Prosneige (in Val Thorens) and Lake Annecy (in Annecy).

To find maps and more tourist information, read our Courchevel trip planner.

You can drive from Grenoble to Courchevel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Courchevel sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 4 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.
Explore Chamonix's surroundings by going to Loisirs Assis Evasion (in Passy), Room Escape Games (in Annemasse) and Esf la Clusaz (in La Clusaz). The adventure continues: stroll through Aiguille du Midi, soothe aching muscles at Snooga, hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Chamonix trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Courchevel to Chamonix by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Menton.
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Menton — 6 nights

Pearl of France

Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Menton: Eze (Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze & La cité médiévale). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Bioves, steep yourself in history at Basilica St. Michel, pause for some serene contemplation at La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs, and stop by Au Pays du Citron.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Menton road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Menton takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In March in Menton, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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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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