9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

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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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, visit Le Marais, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paris tour itinerary planning tool.

Madrid, Spain to Paris is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in March, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Galerie1414 & Lérins Islands). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice attractions planner.

Getting from Paris to Nice by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March, Nice is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille day trip tool.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Marseille are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.