12 days in France Itinerary
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Sun, Dec 25 - Thu, Jan 5
Nice — 3 nights
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.You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands & Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.
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Istanbul, Turkey to Nice is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 nights
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 29th (Thu), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, visit The Panier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet.
To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip planner.
Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, Marseille is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 4 nights
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 museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.
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Traveling by flight from Marseille to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marseille in December: highs in Paris hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg — 1 night
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.On the 4th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Gare de Strasbourg, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.
To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Strasbourg sightseeing planner.
Getting from Paris to Strasbourg by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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France travel guide
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.