27 days in France Itinerary

27 days in France Itinerary

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27 days in France Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  28​h
1
Paris
— 6 nights
train:  15​min
2
Versailles
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
3
La Clusaz
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 30​min
5
Fontainebleau
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Marne-la-Vallee
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
7
Colmar
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  35​h
End: Canberra

6
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.
For shopping fun, head to Le Marais or French Arts Factory. Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Canberra, Australia to Paris is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. While traveling from Canberra, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
Versailles

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): view the masterpieces at The Royal Chapel, wander the streets of Quartier Saint-Louis, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Palace of Versailles and then explore the historical opulence of The Trianons & The Hamlet.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Versailles travel route planning tool .

Versailles is very close to Paris. In March, daytime highs in Versailles are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Clusaz.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Musee des impressionnismes
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The Royal Chapel ©
The Royal Chapel
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Musee des impressionnismes ©
Musee des impressionnismes

4
nights
La Clusaz

La Clusaz ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee d'Art Sacre de Saint Nicolas de Veroce and Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bas de Loisir des Ilettes and Plage d'Amphion. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Clusaz: Fromagerie Boujon (in Thonon-les-Bains), Le Chemin du Calvaire (in Megeve) and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains (Spas & Wellness & Église Saint-Nicolas de Véroce).

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Clusaz sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Versailles to La Clusaz in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in La Clusaz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Fromagerie Boujon, Le Chemin du Calvaire, Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, Bas de Loisir des Ilettes
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Bas de Loisir des Ilettes ©
Bas de Loisir des Ilettes
Palais Lumiere ©
Palais Lumiere
Fromagerie Boujon ©
Fromagerie Boujon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, then admire the masterpieces at Palais Lascaris, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Passable. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Vieille Ville and then kick back and relax at Castel Plage.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip builder website .

You can drive from La Clusaz to Nice in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from La Clusaz in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fontainebleau.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Plage de Passable
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris

2
nights
Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. On the 20th (Wed), explore the galleries of Chateau de Fontainebleau and then take a stroll through Moret-sur-Loing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): stop by Les Delices Fromagers, then admire the masterpieces at Espace Culturel Paul Bedu, then get a taste of the local shopping with Musee intercommunal d'Etampes, and finally examine the collection at Verrerie d'art.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fontainebleau visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Nice to Fontainebleau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nice in March since evenings lows in Fontainebleau dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marne-la-Vallee.

Things to do in Fontainebleau

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Milly-la-Foret, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, L'Empreinte, Verrerie d'art, Moret-sur-Loing
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Verrerie d'art ©
Verrerie d'art
Musee intercommunal d'Etampes ©
Musee intercommunal d'Etampes

3
nights
Marne-la-Vallee

Marne-la-Vallee ©
As a "new town" best known for its Euro Disney Park and resorts, Marne-la-Vallée is a modern family resort town.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): look for gifts at Disney Village. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Grande Guerre and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Vallee Village.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Marne-la-Vallee online vacation planner .

You can drive from Fontainebleau to Marne-la-Vallee in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Marne-la-Vallee, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Colmar.

Things to do in Marne-la-Vallee

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Champagne Alain Mercier et Fils, Musee de la Grande Guerre, Chateau de Pierrefonds
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Grande Guerre ©
Musee de la Grande Guerre
Champagne Alain Mercier et Fils ©
Champagne Alain Mercier et Fils
Chateau de Pierrefonds ©
Chateau de Pierrefonds

2
nights
Colmar

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile and then take a stroll through Little Venice. On the next day, make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, stop by Confiserie des Hautes Vosges, and then steep yourself in history at Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colmar attractions planning tool .

You can take a train from Marne-la-Vallee to Colmar in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Marne-la-Vallee in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Colmar. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Verrerie d'Art de Kaysersberg, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, Cite de l'Automobile, Confiserie des Hautes Vosges
Highlights from your plan
Cite de l'Automobile ©
Cite de l'Automobile
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Little Venice ©
Little Venice

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