16 days in France & Cinque Terre Itinerary

16 days in France & Cinque Terre Itinerary

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16 days in France & Cinque Terre Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Nice, France
— 2 nights
2
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Chamonix, France
— 7 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
End: Paris, France

2
nights
Nice, France

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Musee Matisse as well as Musee Picasso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso and then see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nice journey planner .

Paris to Nice is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 71°F. You'll set off for Cinque Terre on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Nice

Museums

Side Trip

Musee Picasso
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Musee Matisse ©
Musee Matisse
Musee Picasso ©
Musee Picasso

4
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Appreciate the collections at Archaeological and mining museum of Castiglione Chiavarese and Parco di Pinocchio. Take a break from the city and head to Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Bagno Maurizio. Get out of town with these interesting Cinque Terre side-trips: Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante) and Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca). Next up on the itinerary: get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinque Terre Trails, stop by Cinque Terre Trekking Gear Shop, and make a trip to Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cinque Terre route builder site .

Traveling by car from Nice to Cinque Terre takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cinque Terre when traveling from Nice in August, with lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bagno Maurizio, Archaeological and mining museum of Castiglione Chiavarese, Baia del Silenzio, Parco di Pinocchio, Le mura di Lucca
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

7
nights
Chamonix, France

Chamonix ©
"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.
Visiting Aiguille du Midi and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. Musee d'Art Sacre de Saint Nicolas de Veroce and Musee du Jouet will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Chamonix: Fondation pour l'Art Contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomone (in Alex), Lac d'Annecy (in Annecy) and Cooperative Fruitiere en Val d'Arly Savoie Mont-Blanc (in Flumet). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier des Bossons, look for gifts at Cha'Cha'Cha', get in on the family fun at Domaine des Planards, and identify plant and animal life at Aiguilles Rouges.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chamonix visit planning app .

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Chamonix takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tropicaland, Musee du Jouet, Fondation pour l'Art Contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomone, Les Gorges du Fier, Lac d'Annecy
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Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Glacier des Bossons ©
Glacier des Bossons
Aiguilles Rouges ©
Aiguilles Rouges

2
nights
Paris, France

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.
Get outdoors at Seine River and Paris Plage. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay capture your imagination. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip builder .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Chamonix to Paris in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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