16 days in Austria & France Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights


Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Get in touch with nature at Evasion Canine and Seine River. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Paris visit site.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Dhaka City to Paris. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Cannes.
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Cannes, France — 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
On the 2nd (Mon), take a stroll through Old Town, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, and then examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Rue d'Antibes, kick back and relax at Juan les Pins Main Beach, and then take a stroll through Le Suquet.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cannes online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Paris to Cannes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cannes: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 2 nights

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Swarovski Kristallwelten and Schloss Ambras Innsbruck are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Dom zu St. Jakob and Altstadt von Innsbruck for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Aqua Dome - Tirol Therme Laengenfeld (in Langenfeld) and Stubaier Gletscher (in Neustift im Stubaital). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alpenzoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), and see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Innsbruck.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Innsbruck online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cannes to Innsbruck takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cannes in January; daily highs in Innsbruck reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, admire the masterpieces at DomQuartier Salzburg, and then don't miss a visit to Pfarre St. Wolfgang.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Salzburg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maria Am Gestade, then see the interesting displays at Hofburg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karlskirche, and finally explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Vienna are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly 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.

Austria travel guide

Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.