16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  27​h
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Grimaud
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Nice
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Paris. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get cooler in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Palais des Papes (in Avignon), Musee des Chantiers Naval (in La Ciotat) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Musee Granet, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Toulon, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Louis, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Marseille day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Paris to Marseille in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grimaud.

Things to do in Marseille

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Palais des Papes, Eglise Saint Louis, Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, Virtual Room Toulon
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Virtual Room Toulon ©
Virtual Room Toulon
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

2
nights
Grimaud

Grimaud ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Domaine Sainte Marie, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame De Constance, then take in the spiritual surroundings of La Certosa di La Verne, then don't miss a visit to Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Des Garcinieres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Michel, view the masterpieces at Galerie Regard, then look for gifts at La Cave du Marche, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Consolation.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Grimaud trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Marseille to Grimaud in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Grimaud can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Grimaud

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Sainte-Maxime, Cogolin, Notre Dame de Consolation
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Notre Dame De Constance ©
Notre Dame De Constance
Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu ©
Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu
Notre Dame de Consolation ©
Notre Dame de Consolation

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay), Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and take some stellar pictures from Mt Boron.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nice tour itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Grimaud to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Grimaud in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 8°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Massif de l'Esterel, Lérins Islands, Galerie Lifetime Gallery, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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