11 days in France Itinerary

11 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive

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Paris

— 3 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.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Montmartre for their historical value. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planning website.

Barcelona, Spain to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Barcelona in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu. Choisy La Galerie and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Lesgeckos (in Vence) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette). Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice and take a tour by water with Cap Ferrat Watersports.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Paris to Nice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in December: high temperatures in Nice hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

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Saint-Raphael

— 2 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Maubois, then stroll through Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), then discover the deep blue sea with TakSea, and finally get outside with Sublim Sky. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): kick back and relax at Plage du Chateau, steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, then surround yourself with nature on Forcerie Vial, and finally get outside with Jets'Cool.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip maker.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Saint-Raphael, with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

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Carcassonne

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Saint-Raphael to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Carcassonne: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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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.