23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Paris
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 6 nights
Drive
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Manosque
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Marseille
— 5 nights
Drive
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Valensole
— 4 nights
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Paris

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): make a trip to Place de la Bastille, take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Fontainebleau, then steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, and finally appreciate the history behind Les Statues du Parc de Sceaux.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Paris is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Paris, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, expect Paris to be much colder, temps between 29°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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. On the 3rd (Sat), kick back and relax at Plage de Pampelonne and then take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime. On the next day, go for a stroll along the water at St. Tropez Harbor, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Escalet, and then stop by Port Grimaud.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez road trip planning tool.

Fly from Paris to Saint-Tropez in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint-Tropez, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. On the 5th (Mon), you're off to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence

— 6 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aix-en-Provence: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, browse the fresh offerings at Marche aux Fruits et Legumes, examine the collection at Musee Granet, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence road trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manosque.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Manosque

— 2 nights
Manosque is the largest town and commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. On the 11th (Sun), explore the activities along Plan d'Eau des Vannades, then get to know the fascinating history of Centre Historique de Manosque, and then make a trip to Tour du Mont d'Or. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Prieure de Carluc, then play a few rounds at Golf du Luberon, and then get in on the family fun at Corbi Park.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Manosque vacation maker website.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Manosque in an hour. August in Manosque sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Manosque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Golf

Side Trips

Marseille

— 5 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.
Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. Next up on the itinerary: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and catch a live event at Orange Velodrome.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille online day trip planner.

Drive from Manosque to Marseille in 1.5 hours. In August in Marseille, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel to Valensole.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Transportation

Valensole

— 4 nights
Valensole is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France.GeographyThe river Asse forms most of the commune's northern border, then flows into the Durance, which forms all of its western border. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valensole: Moustiers Sainte-Marie (Notre Dame de Beauvoir, Musee de la Faience, &more), Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon) and Digne-les-Bains City (Maison Alexandra David-Neel & Musee Promenade). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, relax in the rural setting at Moulin Bonaventure, examine the collection at Musee De Prehistoire Des Gorges Du Verdon, and stop by Lavande Angelvin.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Valensole online road trip planner.

Drive from Marseille to Valensole in 1.5 hours. August in Valensole sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Valensole

Museums · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Beaches
On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.