24 days in France Itinerary

24 days in France Itinerary

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24 days in France Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  29​h
1
Paris
— 3 nights
train + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
+3
bus + subway + bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Menton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Cassis
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Le Lavandou
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Chamonix
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  43​h
End: Wellington

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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Paris planner .

Wellington, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Wellington to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Wellington in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fougeres, don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord, and then don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Chateau de Fougeres
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel Bay ©
Mont Saint-Michel Bay

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Le Nomade (in Antibes), Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Villeneuve-Loubet) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

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Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice by combination of train and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in October, with highs in Nice at 24°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Menton.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Antibes, Massif de l'Esterel, Eglise St Pierre & Paul
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

2
nights
Menton

Menton ©
Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
On the 9th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Villa Kerylos, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade Le Corbusier, then contemplate the long history of Basilica St. Michel, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Jean Cocteau Collection Severin Wunderman. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Promenade du Soleil, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of the Old Chateau, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanique et Exotique Val Rahmeh, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee du Bastion.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Menton trip planner .

You can drive from Nice to Menton in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October in Menton, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cassis.

Things to do in Menton

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Villa Kerylos
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Cemetery of the Old Chateau ©
Cemetery of the Old Chateau
Villa Kerylos ©
Villa Kerylos

3
nights
Cassis

Cassis ©
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Cassis is known for nature, outdoors, beaches, adventure, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Grande Mer, and take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cassis trip maker .

Traveling by car from Menton to Cassis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Le Lavandou.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Montagne Sainte Victoire
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Cape Canaille ©
Cape Canaille
Calanques ©
Calanques
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Le Lavandou

Le Lavandou ©
Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Louis, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Jean Blanc, then hike along Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, and finally get outside with Plage de Saint-Clair. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Cavaliere and then stroll through Plage d'Aiguebelle.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Le Lavandou trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Cassis to Le Lavandou takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In October in Le Lavandou, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Plage de Saint-Clair ©
Plage de Saint-Clair
Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc
Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere

3
nights
Chamonix

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.
On the 17th (Thu), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stroll through Aiguille du Midi, then take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons, and finally get outside with Compagnie du Mont Blanc. On the next day, explore the activities along Lac Blanc, then head outdoors with Brevent Cable Car, and then stop by Snell Sports.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip planner .

Traveling by car from Le Lavandou to Chamonix takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Lac Blanc ©
Lac Blanc
Glacier des Bossons ©
Glacier des Bossons

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