59 days in France Itinerary

59 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 8 nights
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Andon
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 6 nights
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Val Thorens
— 5 nights
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Meribel
— 6 nights
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Tignes
— 3 nights
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Chamonix
— 6 nights
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Grenoble
— 7 nights
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Paris
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Nice

— 8 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Centre d'art La Malmaison at Cannes & La Croisette), Antibes (Marché provençal, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more) and Nautipolis (in Valbonne). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Place Massena, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nice road trip planning app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in February, plan for colder days in Nice, with highs around 15°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Andon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Andon

— 4 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Andon: Golf du Chateau de Taulane (in La Martre), Porte Royale (in Entrevaux) and Greolieres les Neiges (in Greolieres).

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Andon road trip tool.

You can drive from Nice to Andon in 1.5 hours. In February in Andon, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Andon

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tanneron (Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois & Massif du Tanneron), Riviera golf de Barbossi (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule) and Riviera Nature (in Grasse). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Naturozen, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions, hike along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Andon to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Marseille

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Cassis (Place Baragnon, Cape Canaille, &more), Bandol (Foret de Roustagnon, Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales, &more) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). The adventure continues: make a trip to Palais des Papes, explore the striking landscape at La Calanque de Figuerolles, walk around Parc du Mugel, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip planning site.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Val Thorens

— 5 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Val Thorens is known for winter sports, classes, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Ski Cool, hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Les Menuires, pick up some new knowledge with Prosneige, and discover the deep blue sea with Evolution 2 Val Thorens.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Val Thorens trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Marseille to Val Thorens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Marseille in February, things will get little chillier in Val Thorens: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Meribel.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Meribel

— 6 nights
Explore Meribel's surroundings by going to Station de Ski - Pralognan-la-Vanoise (in Pralognan-la-Vanoise), Les Arcs (Rodeo Luge & Aiguille Rouge) and Peisey Mountain Fly (in Landry).

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Meribel trip maker tool.

Drive from Val Thorens to Meribel in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tignes.

Things to do in Meribel

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Tignes

— 3 nights
Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Step out of Tignes to go to Peisey-Nancroix and see Gli'Air, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, stop by BlackCats Tignes, head outdoors with The Development Centre - Tignes, and stroll through SkiBro Technologies.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tignes holiday maker website.

Getting from Meribel to Tignes by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Meribel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tignes, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Tignes

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 6 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chamonix side-trips: ESI Grand Massif (in Les Carroz-d'Araches), Loisirs Assis Evasion (in Passy) and Chapelle Sainte Anne (Dite des Penitents) (in Megeve). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: stroll through Aiguille du Midi, get outside with Outdoor Activities, gear up at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, and fly down the slopes at Brevent Cable Car.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix trip builder website.

You can drive from Tignes to Chamonix in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Grenoble

— 7 nights

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Grenoble: Valmeinier (ULM Valmeinier & Ski Area Valmeinier), L'Alpe d'Huez (Grotte De Glace & Alpe d'Huez) and Rando Montagne (in Valloire). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee de Grenoble, stroll through SnowPark, examine the collection at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, and relax and rejuvenate at Les Massages de Laurent - Bien Etre et Soins.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Grenoble day trip tool.

You can drive from Chamonix to Grenoble in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Grenoble can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Paris

— 9 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee), Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more) and Silhouette Et Bien Etre (in Annet-sur-Marne). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Grenoble to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

France travel guide

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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.