17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25 h
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Menton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
6
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Melbourne

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip maker app.

Melbourne, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Nice. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Nice at 32°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Menton.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs
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Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs ©
Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris

2
nights
Menton

Menton ©
Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Palmes Beach, then kick back and relax at Promenade du Soleil, then explore the world behind art at Jean Cocteau Museum Collection Severin Wunderman, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Promenade Le Corbusier. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of the Old Chateau, then steep yourself in history at Basilica St. Michel, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Fossan.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Menton trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Nice to Menton in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Menton

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Promenade Le Corbusier
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Palmes Beach ©
Palmes Beach
Promenade Le Corbusier ©
Promenade Le Corbusier
Cemetery of the Old Chateau ©
Cemetery of the Old Chateau

2
nights
Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. On the 10th (Mon), stroll through Plage de Pampelonne, take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, then learn about all things military at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, and finally go for a stroll along the water at St. Tropez Harbor. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Escalet, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Grimaud, and then find something for the whole family at Azur Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Menton to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Menton in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Saint-Tropez, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Chateau de Grimaud
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Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Chateau de Grimaud ©
Chateau de Grimaud

2
nights
Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume

Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume ©
Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It lies 40km east of Aix-en-Provence, in the westernmost point of Var département. Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Abbaye du Thoronet, then don't miss a visit to Abbaye de La Celle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, and finally do a tasting at Domaine de Saint Jean le Vieux. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Sainte Roseline, then learn about winemaking at Chateau de Berne, then examine the collection at Musee De Prehistoire Des Gorges Du Verdon, and finally stroll through Verdon Les Basses Gorges.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume trip site .

Drive from Saint-Tropez to Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Quinson, Chapelle Sainte Roseline, Chateau de Berne, Abbaye du Thoronet, Abbaye de La Celle
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Abbaye du Thoronet ©
Abbaye du Thoronet
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Abbaye de La Celle ©
Abbaye de La Celle

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Cape Canaille has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): head outdoors with Cape Canaille, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, get engrossed in the history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, then contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally partake in some friendly competition at Mystery Games. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Le Tour de l'Horloge, make a trip to Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and finally examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume to Aix-en-Provence in an hour. In August in Aix-en-Provence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Cape Canaille
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Paul Cezanne’s Studio ©
Paul Cezanne’s Studio
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Paris Catacombs and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, step into the grandiose world of The Trianons & The Hamlet, wander the streets of Montmartre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Aix-en-Provence to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Aix-en-Provence in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Trianons & The Hamlet
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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