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Nice — 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Galerie Lifetime Gallery in Mougins (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Place Massena, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice.

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Chennai, India to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Nice. Traveling from Chennai in March, expect Nice to be cooler, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Roquebrune-sur-Argens (Cueillette du Rocher, Golf de Roquebrune Resort, &more), Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron) and Etangs de Villepey (in Saint-Aygulf). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, look for gifts at Catalan Bougie, pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and play a few rounds at Golf de Cap Esterel.

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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. March in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Marseille.
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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 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Foret de Roustagnon, then experience rural life at Var Lamas, then test your team's savvy at Mystery Games, and finally get your game on at Laser game Evolution.

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Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to fly to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, then identify plant and animal life at Reserve Ornithologique Du Gros Banc, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hermanville War Cemetery, and finally get interesting insight from Norman'Air.

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Getting from Marseille to Bayeux by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Marseille in March; daily highs in Bayeux reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paris.
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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.
Eiffel Tower has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Paris sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.