11 days in France & Chicago Itinerary

11 days in France & Chicago Itinerary

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11 days in France & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
1
Chicago, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 4 nights
4
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Chicago, United States

1
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Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, make a trip to Millennium Park, and then wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then examine the collection at The Field Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago online road trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and South Bend Regional Airport. In May, daytime highs in Chicago are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Field Museum ©
The Field Museum

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Paris, France

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Le Marais and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Sulpice, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and stroll through Île de la Cité.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary website .

Fly from Chicago to Paris in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Visit Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) for their historical value. Get outdoors at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Parc national des Calanques. Venture out of the city with trips to The Panier (in Marseille), Calanques (in Cassis) and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Le Sentier des Ocres, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and view the masterpieces at Tapiezo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Paris to Aix-en-Provence by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aix-en-Provence, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Roussillon, Marseille, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Calanques, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Le Sentier des Ocres ©
Le Sentier des Ocres

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nights
Nice, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and then explore the world behind art at Palais Lascaris. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May: highs in Nice hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

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Side Trips

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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