13 days in Paris, Chamonix & Nice Itinerary

13 days in Paris, Chamonix & Nice Itinerary

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13 days in Paris, Chamonix & Nice Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
2
Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nice
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: San Francisco

4
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 a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, & more) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paris road trip planning website .

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Paris, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 70°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rouen, Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
nights
Chamonix

Chamonix ©
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): hike along La Jonction, don't miss a visit to Glacier des Bossons, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, and finally try out the rides at Domaine des Planards. Keep things going the next day: get all the equipment you need at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and finally stroll the grounds of Chamonix Cemetery.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
River Rafting & Tubing
Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. Museum-lovers will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Galerie des Bains-Douches. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Villeneuve-Loubet), Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle, Plage de l'Anglade, & more) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs, stop by Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie, and get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nice journey planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Chamonix to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, St-Paul-de-Vence, Cannes, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Eze Sur Mer Strand
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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