27 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

27 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

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27 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

Start: Hobart
Fly:  30​h
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Menton
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cannes
— 5 nights
4
Avignon
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
5
Marseille
— 6 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Hobart

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees. On your second day here, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris online sightseeing planner .

Hobart, Australia to Paris is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Hobart to Paris. Traveling from Hobart in March, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Menton.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Menton side-trips: Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille (in Chateauneuf-Villevieille), St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (Musee des Coquillages & Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild) and Eze (Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, Fort de la Revere, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins Bioves, make a trip to Monastere de l'Annonciade, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and walk around Parc de Roquebrune.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Menton online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Paris to Menton in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in March: high temperatures in Menton hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Menton

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Eze, Cap d'Ail, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Tete de Chien
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Les Jardins Bioves ©
Les Jardins Bioves
Spas

5
nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannes: Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay), Nice (Colline du Chateau overlook & Promenade des Anglais) and Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, wander the streets of Le Suquet, and get a taste of the local shopping with La Croisette.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cannes day trip website .

Drive from Menton to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. March in Cannes sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nice, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Verrerie Pierini, Station de Ski L'Audibergue, Galerie Lifetime Gallery
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

4
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Domaine Albin Jacumin (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Musee Estrine (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, get outside with K-Lade, relax in the rural setting at La Petite Ferme, and do a tasting at Chateau Fortia.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Avignon online travel route planner .

Drive from Cannes to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Fun & Games Winter Sports

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Station Mont Serein, Musee Estrine, Carrieres des Lumieres, La Petite Ferme
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Station Mont Serein ©
Station Mont Serein
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Cours Mirabeau, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, look for gifts at Le Panier des createurs, wander the streets of The Panier, and don't miss a visit to Chateau d'If.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Marseille trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Avignon to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In March in Marseille, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, 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

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