24 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

24 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

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24 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Paris
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
St-Paul-de-Vence
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Antibes
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
7
Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Portland

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris travel planner.

Portland, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Portland to Paris, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rouen, Versailles, Fondation Claude Monet
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nice route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 57°F in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to St-Paul-de-Vence.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

2
nights
St-Paul-de-Vence

St-Paul-de-Vence ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): examine the collection at Fondation Maeght, then look for gifts at La Petite Cave de Saint Paul, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Saint-Paul de Vence, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes, then buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Center - Polygone Riviera, and finally do a tasting at Le Petit Vigneau Winery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the St-Paul-de-Vence visit site .

St-Paul-de-Vence is very close to Nice. In May in St-Paul-de-Vence, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Antibes.

Things to do in St-Paul-de-Vence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cagnes-sur-Mer, Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, Chapelle des Penitents Blancs
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Haut de Cagnes ©
Haut de Cagnes
Fondation Maeght ©
Fondation Maeght

2
nights
Antibes

Antibes ©
The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): make a trip to Les Murs Peints, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, and then get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands and then head off the coast to Ile Sainte-Marguerite.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Antibes trip itinerary maker tool .

Antibes is just a stone's throw from St-Paul-de-Vence. In May in Antibes, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Antibes

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Cannes
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes ©

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Les Gorges du Blavet (in Bagnols-en-Foret), Port Grimaud (in Grimaud) and Domaine Sainte Marie (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas).

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael visit planner .

Traveling by car from Antibes to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Antibes in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 53°F in Saint-Raphael. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Port Grimaud, Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions, Les Gorges du Blavet, Domaine Sainte Marie, Les Gorges du Verdon
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Total Xscape ©
Total Xscape
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Le Tour de l'Horloge, steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, get engrossed in the history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely, and finally get your game on at Aviasim Aix-en-Provence. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally don't miss a visit to Librairie Le Blason.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Marseille.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Carrieres des Lumieres
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Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet

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.
Marseille is known for historic sites, museums, nature, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, look for gifts at Musee du Savon de Marseille La Licorne, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary maker tool .

Marseille is very close to Aix-en-Provence. May in Marseille sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Calanques
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Parc National des Calanques ©
Parc National des Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques

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