12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Toulon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Train
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Lyon
— 3 nights

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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 10th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Calanques, then steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit The Panier, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Marseille online attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Marseille Provence Airport, Nîmes-Arles-Camargue Airport and Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport. In April in Marseille, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Toulon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Toulon

— 2 nights
Toulon is a city in southern France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): learn about all things military at Musee National de la Marine, don't miss a visit to Cours Lafayette, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Rade de Toulon, and finally take in the awesome beauty at La Croix radieuse Du Point Sublime du Faron. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Park and Gardens of the Mediterranean, then head off the coast to Ile des Embiez, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame du Mai.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to Toulon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Toulon, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Toulon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Saint-Tropez

— 2 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne, then stop by Port Grimaud, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grimaud, and finally walk around Domaine du Rayol. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres, look for all kinds of wild species at Base Nature Francois Leotard, make a trip to Chapelle Sainte-Anne, then take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, and finally take in the waterfront activity at St. Tropez Harbor.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Saint-Tropez online travel route planner.

You can drive from Toulon to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Saint-Tropez can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stop by La Cave des Halles, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Angladon. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Lyon

— 3 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.
Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Beaune (Maison des Climats, Athenaeum, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon road trip planning site.

Take a train from Avignon to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in April, plan for little chillier days in Lyon, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.