13 days in France & Brussels Itinerary

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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights


Marseille, France — 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Maison de l'Echevin de Cabre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by The Panier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille road trip site.

Begur, Spain to Marseille is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Georges, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere. Keep things going the next day: ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins, then make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lyon day trip planner.

You can fly from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lyon when traveling from Marseille in July, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation planner.

Getting from Lyon to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lyon in July: highs in Paris hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 nights

Capital of Europe

Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, make a trip to Atomium, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Brussels holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for slightly colder days in Brussels, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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France travel guide

France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.