16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Eze
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Collioure
— 4 nights
Drive
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Perpignan
— 1 night

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Nice — 5 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & Le Suquet). Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: visit Vieille Ville, learn about winemaking at Chateau de Bellet, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice journey builder.

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major aiports are Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Marseille Provence Airport and Bastia-Poretta Airport. In July, daytime highs in Nice are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Eze.
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Eze — 1 night

Hillside villages along the Mediterranean coast don't come more picturesque than Eze, attracting vacationers with its perfectly preserved medieval streets, colorful botanical gardens, and sweeping sea views.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Tete de Chien, explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Eze day trip tool.

Eze is just a short distance from Nice. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) 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 7th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Eze to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Marseille sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 2 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms, and finally take in the views from Pont du Gard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Collioure.
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Collioure — 4 nights

Collioure is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.GeographyThe town of Collioure is on the Côte Vermeille, in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.ToponymyCollioure is named Cotlliure in Catalan.HistoryThere is a record of the castle at "Castrum Caucoliberi" having been mentioned as early as 673, indicating that the settlement here was of strategic and commercial importance during the Visigoth ascendancy.Collioure used to be divided into two villages separated by the river Douy, the old town to the south named Port d'Avall (in French known as Le Faubourg) and the upstream port, Port d'Amunt (in French known as La Ville).Collioure was taken in 1642 by the French troops of Maréchal de la Meilleraye. Step out of Collioure to go to Cerbere and see Le Sentier Sous-Marin de Cerbere-Banyuls, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Collioure, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royale de Collioure, and kick back and relax at Plage de Collioure.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Collioure trip planner.

Getting from Avignon to Collioure by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Collioure sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Perpignan.
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Perpignan — 1 night

Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Château de Salses, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to Cathedrale St-Jean, and finally explore the striking landscape at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Perpignan tour builder app.

Perpignan is very close to Collioure. In August in Perpignan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night.
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France travel guide

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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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