This itinerary covers a boggling number of must-see places and unique excursions for an authentic taste of French life. Over the course of 10 days, you'll enjoy the beauty of Paris with the help of a local guide before spending three nights in Aix en Provence. From here, tour the French Riviera's best seaside towns starting in Cassis and heading east to Cannes and Nice where you'll complete the adventure.
How it works
Tell us what kind of trip you want
Chat with a local travel specialist
Securely book your trip
When is the best time to visit?
The ideal time to visit France depends on where you'll be spending your time. France's Mediterranean coast is warm for most of the year, while Northern France and the Atlantic coast have wetter, less predictable weather. If you're interested in wine, time your trip to coincide with the grape harvest in Autumn. No matter when you visit, keep in mind that most French people vacation in-country, meaning big crowds during France's national holidays. Learn more
Where should I go in France?
You'll likely arrive in Paris, a legendary metropolis with enough museums, cultural landmarks, bistros, and boulangeries to keep you busy for weeks. But France offers even more to travelers than its romantic capital city lets on. Visit the lavender fields and hillside villages of Provence, check out the glitzy galleries and beaches of the French Riviera, or sample some of the world's most celebrated wines in regions like charming Burgundy or the castle-laden Loire Valley.
How many days do I need?
Whether you have two days or two months, France holds more than enough variety in its landscape and regional delights to fill any itinerary. If your only stop is Paris, you can get away with as few as three days, though you could easily spend much more time exploring. If you have a specific region in mind that you'd like to see in-depth, plan for at least a week. Or, spend multiple weeks road tripping through the mountains, vineyards, coastline, and cities of this remarkably versatile country—the sky is truly the limit. Learn more
Getting Around France
An extensive network links many French cities and towns, and travel by train is an efficient way to see the country. Self-driving is good for exploring regions like Provence, Normandy, and the Loire Valley in more depth. And to cover large distances quickly, domestic flights connect major cities with most journeys taking about an hour. Learn more
Looking for inspiration? See our top France itineraries
This weeklong itinerary splits its time between the French Riviera and the City of Lights for a great introduction to France. Starting in Nice, you'll explore on your own before a local guide shows you around Monaco, Cannes, and Antibes (to name a few). Then, fly to Paris where you'll cruise along the Seine, skip the line at Versailles, and summit the Eiffel Tower—at sunset!—to complete the adventure.
Love getting off the beaten track and traveling like a local? This tour was tailor-made for you. Experience the best of the French Riviera, including the hilltop villages of Luberon, multicultural Marseille, charming Aix-en-Provence, and vibrant Cannes.
This epic 10-day French adventure kicks off in Paris for three days of culture and cuisine in the 'City of Lights'. Then, drive yourself to the Normandy coast to visit Mont Saint Michel and other historical sites—spanning 900 years—between Bayeux and Omaha Beach. Next is the Loire Valley where you'll explore charming towns and gorgeous castles before returning to Paris (by train) for one more night on the town.
Circle the highest summit in Western Europe in just six days of trekking with this weeklong summer itinerary. Start in the Chamonix Valley a nd hike through France, Italy, and Switzerland with iconic Alpine vistas throughout. Hike over high mountain passes and quiet meadows, see the Alps reflected in mirror-like Swiss lakes, visit the classic resort towns of Courmayeur and Chamonix, and spend each night sleeping comfortably in charming mountain huts and lodges.
This spectacular road-trip adventure through Western France provides a subtle mix of history, culture, cuisine, wine, and outdoor activity—and plenty of picturesque landscapes between stops. Over the course of two weeks, you'll spend quality time in Paris, Normandy, Bordeaux, and the Dordogne region with a combination of tours led by English-speaking local guides and free time to explore on your own.
For a solid France itinerary that covers two regions plus Paris, a 10-day trip is a great choice. With less time, a well-rounded trip is still within reach, especially if you're...
One week in France is enough time to explore Paris plus the highlights of one other region. Wine aficionados can spend a few days in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, history buffs...
Planning a ten-day trip to France? If variety is what you're after, start (or end) your trip with three days in Paris, and split the rest of your time between two other areas....
You can cover some serious ground with two weeks in France, spending multiple days in up to three different regions (plus time in Paris). For example, pair the South of France...
The French Riviera is a true pleasure to visit at any time of year. Spring and summer are preferable if you're looking for the classic resort experience: even though you'll...
Normandy offers beautiful beaches and mild temperatures, a lovely combination. In spring, especially later in the season, expect beautiful flowers, sunny days, and manageable...
France offers year-round appeal, whether you're craving sun and sea, powdery snow, or a peaceful, crowd-free escape. The winter months (December to February) are great for a ski...
The shoulder season months of May and September are the best times to visit Provence if you like warm weather, clear skies, and beaches without the throngs of tourists. But for...
Ask soon-to-be honeymooners around the world to reveal their dream destinations for getting away together, and the chances are many would be in France. The settings for...
Colder than other months of the year, January is the perfect post-holiday month for cultural exploration, strolling the French Riviera without the crowds, and hitting the slopes...
February in France may be right in the middle of the chillier off-season, but those who venture here during this month are in for some pleasant surprises and wild parties. Not...
One of the lasts months to visit France on a budget, this low-season month packs a punch. From winter sports on world-class slopes and cozy après-ski environs to fewer crowds...
Lyon's wide range of hotel options goes hand in hand with its wide range of activities. Get acquainted with France's third-largest city with a spot in the center of the Old...
Find the nicest spot in Nice at one of these hotels, whether you're looking for a cozy literary retreat or artistic glamour, all within the main part of town. Given that the...
This 2,000-year-old city isn't only about wine, as you'll learn in these stylish and historically influenced abodes. Stay in the city center for easy access to the wine bars...
Find your own French charm with a stay somewhere beyond just your standard hotel. From floating villages to former castles, these stays will give your trip that little extra je...
With towering snow-capped peaks, charming alpine villages, some of Europe's best skiing, and epic hikes to famous spots like Mt. Blanc, there's always something to enjoy in the...
The French Riviera evokes images of glitz and glamour. Still, you can also balance a trip with authentic experiences like making your own perfume, learning how to choose the...
Because France is a large and diverse country, it's an ideal location for a family trip. From art-centric and foodie cities like Paris to outdoor playgrounds like the French...
France has always been the center of culinary envy, known worldwide for its signature cuisine consisting of traditional techniques, ancestral secrets, and home-cooked comfort...
With two weeks in France, you can fit in several destinations beyond a few nights in Paris at a comfortable pace. Families with young children will enjoy nature excursions and kid-friendly activities on the "France Family Vacation" itinerary, while those with budding historians and wildlife enthusiasts will love the history walks and aquarium visits on the "Family Fun & Culture" trip. The balance of culinary experiences, heritage sites, and active adventures on the "Family Adventure in Western France" itinerary suits children of all ages.
With 10 days in France and family in tow, you can explore up to three cities. For those wanting to venture to the charming countryside of Burgundy or Provence, begin with three days in Paris and add on a region of your choice. Consider engaging in adventures for kids, such as spending a day in Disneyland, going on a treasure hunt in the Louvre, riding a hot air balloon over the countryside in Beaujolais, sailing around Marseille, or getting hands-on with a Provençal cooking class.
This 14-day family tour of France starts in Paris, where you'll walk the city's historic streets, enjoy a tasting of delectable pastries and chocolates, and visit the delightful Monmarte neighborhood. Then, it's off to Amboise for castles, canoeing, and a visit to a working cheese farm! Explore the hidden coves of Calanques National Park, rent a bike at Château de Berne, and walk the promenade in Nice. End with a visit to the vibrant city of Marseille, with its open-air markets and historical sights.
Why travelers love kimkim
Customize your trip with the help of a local travel specialist
Kimkim has handpicked the world’s top local travel specialists so you will have peace of mind and an unforgettable trip that meets your exact requirements.
Authentic travel experiences
Kimkim’s local specialists ensure that you will have the best experience based on up-to-date local insights. On top of that, the vast majority of your money will go straight to support and grow local economies.
Secure & easy booking
Once you are happy with the trip, you can easily book via kimkim’s secure payment platform.
Local support during your trip
You can always reach your local specialist with a quick message or call in case you hit a snag during your trip, or simply want some great local recommendations.
Kimkim is accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.
Seller of Travel Registration number: CST #2136279-40.
Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.
Plan next trip with KimKim
Apr 25 - May 6, 2023
The trip exceeded our expectations. Our planner Lise was absolutely terrific. All of our excursion guides were informative, helpful and very nice. We would highly recommend KimKim again to friends and hopefully for another European vacation in the future. read more
Thanks to KimKim and Amandine our trip to France was beyond our expectations!
May 9 - May 22, 2023
I'm so glad that we found KimKim to help us with our trip to France. We wanted a customized experience and KimKim and our travel agent Amandine really stepped up to provide a once in a lifetime trip. After I explained to Amandine what we were looking for and gave her our budget she provided suggestions for tours and accommodations. We went back and forth for a while until we nailed down all the specifics. She organized amazing tours that we would have probably missed if we had tried to plan... read more
May 2 - May 21, 2023
Mathilde was very helpful with planning for the France portion of our 3 week France and Italy adventure. She made excellent choices with the hotels and tours she booked for us. And it was a real boon to have hotel and airport transfer during key points on our journey. It was a luxury to have this kind of assistance with travel planning as we typically do it all ourselves. Glad we made the investment for this first big post-retirement adventure. read more