38 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 6 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 5 nights
Fly
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly
5
Bayonne
— 2 nights
Drive
6
La Rochelle
— 4 nights
Fly
7
Paris
— 7 nights
Train
8
Nancy
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Strasbourg
— 6 nights
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Nice — 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: L.A GALERIE. ADA LOUMANI (in Valbonne), Antibes (Musee Picasso & Marché provençal) and Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, make a trip to Place Ile-de-Beaute, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nice trip planning app.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Nice is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, expect nights in Nice to be slightly colder, around 8°C, while days are cooler, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille — 4 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet). Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, wander the streets of The Panier, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For maps and more tourist information, read Marseille itinerary planner.

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Marseille, with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.
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Lyon — 5 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Grenoble (Musee de Grenoble, Room Escape Games, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Marseille in December, with highs in Lyon at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 22nd (Thu), admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mont-Saint-Michel, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly to Bayonne.
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Bayonne — 2 nights

Bayonne is a city and commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Rocher de la Vierge, then deepen your understanding at Cite de l'Ocean, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and finally take in the waterfront at Promenade Jacques Thibaud. Here are some ideas for day two: step aboard Hermione - La Fayette, then stroll through La Cote des Basques, then appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bayonne trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bayonne can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle — 4 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Rochelle: Bordeaux (The Water Mirror, Place de la Bourse, &more), Clocher Observatoire (in Saint Martin de Re) and Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, ride a horse along Les Roulottes du Sud Vendee, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle day trip planner.

You can drive from Bayonne to La Rochelle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in La Rochelle, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris — 7 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris route planner.

Traveling by flight from La Rochelle to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from La Rochelle in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nancy.
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Nancy — 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
On the 5th (Thu), admire the local landmark of Place Duroc, admire the striking features of Œuvre de la cathédrale, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally make a trip to Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, and then don't miss a visit to Place Stanislas.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nancy online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Nancy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nancy can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg — 6 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Chapelle Sainte-Marguerite (in Epfig), Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Riquewihr (Sentier Viticole des Grands Crus & Vieille Ville). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz, see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nancy to Strasbourg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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