13 days in France Itinerary

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Montpellier
— 1 night
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Nimes
— 2 nights
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Les Baux de Provence
— 1 night
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Toulon
— 1 night
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Cannes
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Montpellier — 1 night

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stroll around Maison de la Nature and then explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Montpellier travel planner.

Toronto, Canada to Montpellier is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect nights in Montpellier to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nimes.
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Nimes — 2 nights

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): examine the collection at Un Siecle de Roulottes, don't miss a visit to Pont du Gard, and then appreciate the history behind La Maison Carree. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere and then indulge your taste buds at Le Gout des Autres - Wine Prestige Tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nimes road trip site.

Getting from Montpellier to Nimes by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Nimes, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Les Baux de Provence.
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Les Baux de Provence — 1 night

Les Baux-de-Provence is a French commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of the province of Provence in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St-Vincent, and then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Les Baux de Provence journey planning site.

Drive from Nimes to Les Baux de Provence in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 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.
On the 16th (Tue), wander the streets of The Panier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Route des Cretes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

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Traveling by car from Les Baux de Provence to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. August in Marseille sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Toulon.
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Toulon — 1 night

Toulon is a city in southern France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales, then hike along Sentier Littoral, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Toulon online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Marseille to Toulon in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Toulon are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.
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Cannes — 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel and then get a dose of the wild on Forcerie Vial. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through La Croisette and then explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannes trip builder tool.

You can drive from Toulon to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 3 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.
Nice is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stop by Old Town, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Place Massena, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nice online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Nice takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Cannes in August, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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