12 days in France Itinerary

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Paris — 4 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris tour itinerary builder app.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Menton.
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Menton — 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Menton side-trips: Eglise (in Villefranche-sur-Mer), Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild (in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat) and Eze (Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze & La cité médiévale). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins Bioves, go for a stroll along the water at Port de Garavan, get to know the fascinating history of Promenade Le Corbusier, and make a trip to Visite Confiturerie Herbin.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Menton route planner.

You can fly from Paris to Menton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in February, with highs in Menton at 15°C and lows at 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cannes.
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Cannes — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cannes: Nice (Promenade des Anglais, Old Town, &more). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and take a stroll through Le Suquet.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannes online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Menton to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can 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.