28 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
Bus to Lyon, Fly to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Marseille — 3 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 Clos Sainte Magdeleine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Six-Fours-les-Plages (Collegiale Saint Pierre & Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole), La Ciotat (Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde, Musee des Chantiers Naval, &more) and Aix-en-Provence (Santons Richard, Fondation Vasarely, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, and take a stroll through The Panier.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary planning site.

Chennai, India to Marseille is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Marseille is minus 4.5 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Chennai in February: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 4 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Mont Vinaigre has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Notre Dame de Consolation (in Hyeres), Sainte-Maxime (Galerie Regard & Kelys) and Cogolin (Chateau Des Garcinieres & Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, learn about winemaking at Domaine Val d'Iris, get your game on at Paintball Valley, and examine the collection at Musee des Troupes de Marine.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael online trip builder.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 5 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 these side-trips from Nice: Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in February, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 4 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Take a break from Chamonix with a short trip to Stations Village du Pays de la Meije in La Grave, about 3h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Cornu, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chamonix Cemetery, and take in the pleasant sights at Haute Level Route, a high level walk.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chamonix online itinerary planner.

Getting from Nice to Chamonix by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pointe du Grouin du Sud (in Vains), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Musee et sites archeologiques de Vieux-la-Romaine (in Vieux). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, get your game on at Au Paradis des Enfants Carousel, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Vauville, and sample the fine beverages at Cidrerie Le Pere Mahieu.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Chamonix to Bayeux takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paris.
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Paris — 5 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.
Arc de Triomphe 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. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip maker website.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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