12 days in Nice, Aix-en-Provence & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Nice, Aix-en-Provence & Paris Itinerary

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12 days in Nice, Aix-en-Provence & Paris Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Nice
— 2 nights
2
Aix-en-Provence
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Nice

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes, then get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, and then take a stroll through La Croisette.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nice itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Nice is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Nice is 7 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nice are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. You will leave for Aix-en-Provence on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

La Croisette, Haut de Cagnes, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

3
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Nice to Aix-en-Provence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Aix-en-Provence are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Calanques, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Cours Mirabeau ©
Cours Mirabeau

5
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.
Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Chateau de Fontainebleau and Musee d'Orsay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Catacombs of Paris, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Aix-en-Provence to Paris in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 64°F and 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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