12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

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

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Paris, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in March: high temperatures in Paris hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Lérins Islands in Cannes, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in March: high temperatures in Nice hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Marseille online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Spas

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.