15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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15 days in France Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Shuttle:  26​h
1
Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Avignon
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
4
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Chamonix

"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.
On the 10th (Sun), get interesting insight from Tours, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, then stroll through Aiguille du Midi, and finally gear up at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Lac Bleu, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chamonix day trip planning tool .

Chicago, USA to Chamonix is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Chamonix. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Vallee Blanche ©
Vallee Blanche
Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car

3
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint-Paul de Vence and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Step out of Nice with an excursion to La Croisette in Cannes--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, take a stroll through Place Rossetti, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Chamonix to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. May in Nice sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Paul de Vence, La Croisette, Tete de Chien
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Palais du Roure, take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon, and finally admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon travel route site .

You can drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Arles, Carrieres des Lumieres, Chateau de Tarascon
Highlights from your plan
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise St-Trophime

5
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and The Army Museum. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee Marmottan Monet, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, take a stroll through Trocadero, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris journey app .

Getting from Avignon to Paris by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Avignon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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