14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

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Biarritz
— 1 night
Fly
2
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Nice
— 1 night
Fly
5
Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Strasbourg
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Versailles
— 1 night
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Biarritz

— 1 night
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
On the 17th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, stroll through Plage d'Hendaye, kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium de Biarritz, then take some stellar pictures from Rocher de la Vierge, and finally gain insight at Cite de l'Ocean. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): try for a hole-in-one at Baby Golf, take a leisurely stroll along Promenade Jacques Thibaud, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, then admire the striking features of Chateau Observatoire Abbadia, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Biarritz, and finally get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Biarritz road trip website.

Paris to Biarritz is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In December, Biarritz is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Aix-en-Provence

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and then explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then wander the streets of The Panier, then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence route planner.

Traveling by flight from Biarritz to Aix-en-Provence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Cannes

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes and then take a peaceful walk through Lérins Islands. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet, take a stroll through La Croisette, get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, then explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, and finally try your luck at Casino Barriere Le Croisette.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cannes vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Cannes sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

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Nice

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Place Massena, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and finally see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

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Drive from Cannes to Nice in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Lyon

— 2 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.
On the 24th (Fri), make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Confluences. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, don't miss a visit to Place des Terreaux, then don't miss a visit to Mur des Canuts, and finally stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planner.

You can fly from Nice to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, Lyon is a bit cooler than Nice - with highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Strasbourg.

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Strasbourg

— 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 26th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, take a stroll through La Petite France, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, then get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Place Gutenberg, admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg, walk around Parc de l'Orangerie, get a sense of history and politics at European Parliament Strasbourg, then don't miss a visit to Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, and finally stroll through La Volerie des Aigles.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg holiday planner.

Fly from Lyon to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

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Paris

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, then explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and finally browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paris online holiday planner.

Take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Versailles.

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Versailles

— 1 night

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, admire the striking features of The Trianons & The Hamlet, then don't miss a visit to The Hall of Mirrors, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Versailles trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Versailles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Versailles can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car 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.