10 days in France & Germany Itinerary

10 days in France & Germany Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Baden-Baden, Germany
— 1 night
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Thu), take a stroll through Île de la Cité, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, then make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Le Marais, then make a trip to Place de la Concorde, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Mumbai, India to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Strasbourg.

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Strasbourg, France

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): cast your line with Mathieu Romain Moniteur - Guide De Peche and then do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through La Petite France, surround yourself with nature on Les 2CV et la Traction de la Bruche, and then do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER.

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Traveling by train from Paris to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

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Baden-Baden, Germany

— 1 night

Belle Époque Europe's Summer Capital

Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
On the 20th (Mon), stroll through Panoramaweg, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Merkur, then get outside with Gertelbachwasserfaelle, and finally try to win big at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Baden-Baden trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Baden-Baden in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cologne.

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Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

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Cologne, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Drachenfels, then take in the dramatic natural features at Erpeler Ley, then stroll through Rotweinwanderweg, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Ahrschleife bei Altenahr. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Stadionhopper Mark Mauderer, then identify plant and animal life at Wildpark, then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne route planner.

Drive from Baden-Baden to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Cologne are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

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Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then make a trip to Louvre Museum.

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Traveling by train from Cologne to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

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France travel guide

4.3
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.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.