58 days in France Itinerary

58 days in France Itinerary

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Carcassonne
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
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Chartres
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Paris
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Rouen
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Le Havre
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
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Angers
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Chinon
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Chambord
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Bourges
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Chablis
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Chalons-en-Champagne
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Reims
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Nancy
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Strasbourg
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Lyon
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Avignon
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Marseille
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Nice
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just and then explore the activities along Canal du Midi.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne route builder.

Andorra la Vella, Andorra to Carcassonne is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. April in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 5 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
You've now added The Maison Forte de Reignac to your itinerary. Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix), Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier) and Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sarlat Market, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip tool.

Getting from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in April, plan for little chillier nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Chartres.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Chartres

— 1 night
Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Chartres Cathedral and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Maintenon.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Chartres road trip app.

You can fly from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Chartres in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in April, expect nights in Chartres to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are slightly colder, around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Paris.

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Historic Sites

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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.
You've now added Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary app.

Drive from Chartres to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rouen.

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Rouen

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Rue Eau de Robec has been added to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Giverny (Musee des impressionnismes, Fondation Claude Monet, &more) and Amiens (Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, see the interesting displays at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, stop by Rue du Gros-Horloge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rouen day trip planner.

You can drive from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Le Havre.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Le Havre

— 2 nights
Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cathedrale Notre-Dame as well as Eglise Saint Vincent de Paul. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, then kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Joseph, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Vincent de Paul, then don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin, and finally don't miss a visit to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Le Havre trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Rouen to Le Havre in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Le Havre can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Le Havre

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
When in Bayeux, make a side trip to see Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, approximately Sainte-Mere-Eglise away. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Le Havre to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

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Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Angers.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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Angers

— 2 nights

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
You've now added Jardin des Plantes to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Place du Ralliement, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers, and then stroll around Parc Oriental de Maulevrier. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Angers and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Angers online trip planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Angers in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chinon.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites · Parks

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Chinon

— 2 nights
On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Breze, and then do a tasting at Chateau du Petit Thouars.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chinon sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Angers to Chinon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Chinon, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chambord.

Things to do in Chinon

Historic Sites · Wineries

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Chambord

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de La Ferte Saint Aubin, Chateau of Talcy and Pont de Beaugency. Step out of Chambord to go to Meung-sur-Loire and see Chateau de Meung sur Loire, which is approximately 38 minutes away.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chambord day trip website.

You can drive from Chinon to Chambord in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bourges.

Things to do in Chambord

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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Bourges

— 1 night

Gem of the Lorraine Valley

For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Palais Jacques-Coeur has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Palais Jacques-Coeur, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale De Bourges, and then make a trip to Le Jardin de l'Archeveche.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bourges trip builder website.

You can drive from Chambord to Bourges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. May in Bourges sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Chablis.

Things to do in Bourges

Historic Sites
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Chablis

— 2 nights

Golden Gate of Burgundy

Chablis is a town and commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Domaine Laroche, William Fevre Grands Vins De Chablis and Basilique Sainte Madeleine. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Chateau de Tanlay, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Ancy-le Franc, then learn about winemaking at William Fevre Grands Vins De Chablis, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Laroche. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Basilique Sainte Madeleine and then admire the natural beauty at Abbaye de Fontenay.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chablis tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Bourges to Chablis takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Chablis can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chalons-en-Champagne.

Things to do in Chablis

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks

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Chalons-en-Champagne

— 2 nights
Châlons-en-Champagne is a city in France. Your day by day itinerary now includes Champagne DOMI as well as Cathedrale Saint-Etienne de Chalons. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): make a trip to Avenue de Champagne, learn about winemaking at Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, and then learn about winemaking at Champagne De Castellane. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Alpin, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Etienne de Chalons, and finally learn about winemaking at Champagne DOMI.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chalons-en-Champagne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chablis to Chalons-en-Champagne takes 2 hours. May in Chalons-en-Champagne sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Reims.

Things to do in Chalons-en-Champagne

Historic Sites · Wineries

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Reims

— 2 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Your day by day itinerary now includes La Maison Mumm, Basilique Saint-Remi and Hotel Le Vergeur Museum. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): do a tasting at Champagne Taittinger, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, then do a tasting at Moet et Chandon, and finally admire the striking features of Basilique Saint-Remi. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at La Maison Mumm, learn about winemaking at Champagnes Pommery, then admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Tau, and finally examine the collection at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Reims journey builder app.

You can drive from Chalons-en-Champagne to Reims in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nancy.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

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Nancy

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): walk around Parc de la Pepiniere, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy, then steep yourself in history at Eglise des Cordeliers, and finally make a trip to Place Stanislas. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Centre Pompidou-Metz, admire the landmark architecture of Œuvre de la cathédrale, and then make a trip to Gare de Metz-Ville.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nancy road trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Reims to Nancy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Nancy are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Nancy

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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Strasbourg

— 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Colmar (Musée d'Unterlinden & Old Town) and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, see the interesting displays at Musée historique de la ville de Strasbourg, get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum, and stop by La Petite France.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip planner.

Getting from Nancy to Strasbourg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Lyon

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Théâtre gallo-romain as well as Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then make a trip to Rue Saint-Jean, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, then get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, and then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

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Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks
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Avignon

— 3 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms as well as Pont du Gard. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes, don't miss a visit to Place de l'Horloge, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and examine the collection at Musee Angladon.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Avignon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lyon in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Avignon: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Vallon des Auffes as well as Palais Longchamp. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Marseille driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: La Croisette (in Cannes), Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nice route planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Nice sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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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.