26 days in France, Amsterdam & Rotterdam Itinerary

26 days in France, Amsterdam & Rotterdam Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 5 nights
2
Saint-Raphael, France
— 7 nights
3
Saint-Tropez, France
— 2 nights
4
Cassis, France
— 3 nights
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
6
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights

5
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Nice, France

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes), Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and St-Paul-de-Vence (La Petite Cave de Saint Paul & Saint-Paul de Vence). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nice tour itinerary maker tool.

Mumbai, India to Nice is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai to Nice, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mumbai in December, plan for much colder days in Nice, with highs around 17°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Antibes, St-Paul-de-Vence, Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, Eglise St Pierre & Paul
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Food Tours
Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain ©
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

7
nights
Saint-Raphael, France

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lac De Sainte Croix (in Aiguines), Parc Zoologique de Frejus (in Frejus) and Brocante Au Bucheron (in Saint-Aygulf). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, identify plant and animal life at Base Nature Francois Leotard, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael travel website.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Saint-Raphael when traveling from Nice in December, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Frejus, Lac De Sainte Croix, Brocante Au Bucheron, Les Gorges du Verdon, Notre Dame d‘Afrique
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Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Catalan Bougie ©
Catalan Bougie

2
nights
Saint-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. On the 14th (Sat), stop by Port Grimaud, brush up on your military savvy at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, then examine the collection at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, and finally stroll through St. Tropez Harbor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): head outdoors with Cap Taillat, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Escalet, and then stroll through Plage de Pampelonne.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Saint-Tropez can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Cassis.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Port Grimaud
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Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema ©
Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema

3
nights
Cassis, France

Cassis ©
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Calanques, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Michel Church, and then take a leisurely stroll along Port de Cassis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montagne Sainte Victoire, then head outdoors with Cape Canaille, and then cruise along Calanque de Port-Miou.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cassis trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Saint-Tropez to Cassis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Cassis are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cassis

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Route des Cretes, Montagne Sainte Victoire
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Cape Canaille ©
Cape Canaille
Route des Cretes ©
Route des Cretes

3
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take a stroll through The Jordaan, walk around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam visit planner.

You can fly from Cassis to Amsterdam in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cassis in December: highs in Amsterdam hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
nights
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Step out of Rotterdam to go to Kaatsheuvel and see Efteling, which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, see the interesting displays at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, take in panoramic vistas at Euromast, and buy something for everyone on your list at Markthal.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rotterdam itinerary planning site.

Getting from Amsterdam to Rotterdam by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Rotterdam

Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

The Hague, Efteling
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Efteling
Efteling
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery

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