15 days in France & Luxembourg City Itinerary

15 days in France & Luxembourg City Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Reims, France
— 1 night
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
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Metz, France
— 1 night
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Nancy, France
— 1 night
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Dijon, France
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Nantes, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France — 2 nights

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 10th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paris vacation maker tool.

Birmingham, UK to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Paris is 1 hour. December in Paris sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Reims.
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Reims, France — 1 night

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
On the 13th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Tau, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, admire the local landmark of Fontaine Sube, then learn about winemaking at Nomad Wine, and finally play a few rounds at Ugolf Reims-Bezannes.

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You can take a train from Paris to Reims in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Luxembourg City.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf · Wineries
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg — 1 night

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
On the 14th (Tue), make a trip to Place de la Constitution, explore the historical opulence of Grand Ducal Palace, make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame, don't miss a visit to William Square, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Chemin de la Corniche, and finally explore the striking landscape at Casemates du Bock.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Luxembourg City trip app.

Getting from Reims to Luxembourg City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in December, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Metz.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Metz, France — 1 night

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
On the 15th (Wed), get outside with Plan d'Eau de Metz, slough off your stress at Turkish baths, admire the striking features of Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz, then admire the landmark architecture of Œuvre de la cathédrale, and finally admire the striking features of Corps de Garde de Metz.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Metz travel site.

Traveling by car from Luxembourg City to Metz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in December, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Nancy.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Baths · Spas
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Nancy, France — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, then admire the landmark architecture of Hotel de Ville, and finally make a trip to Place Stanislas.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nancy online tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Metz to Nancy in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In December in Nancy, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dijon.
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Dijon, France — 1 night

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): make a trip to Place de la Liberation, examine the collection at Musee Magnin, admire the striking features of Hotel de Vogue, then make a trip to Owl's Trail, then steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Elus.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Dijon trip planning app.

You can drive from Nancy to Dijon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Trails
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Lyon, France — 1 night

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 18th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get your game on at DreamAway Lyon, and finally stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Dijon to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Lyon, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Montpellier.
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Montpellier, France — 2 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Palais de Justice, have some family-friendly fun at Mad Monkey, make a trip to Place Saint-Roch, then explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, and finally explore the world behind art at Espace Dominique Bagouet.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Montpellier online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Montpellier takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lyon in December, with highs in Montpellier at 56°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Toulouse.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Side Trips
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Toulouse, France — 1 night

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Le Capitole, snap pictures at Pont Neuf, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, then stop by La Maison du savon de Marseille, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins.

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

You can drive from Montpellier to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 1 night

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, then have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Bordeaux, and finally get your game on at Simfactory.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nantes.
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Nantes, France — 2 nights

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally partake in some friendly competition at Sisters Mysteres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): walk around Arboretum Cimetiere Parc, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, then partake in some friendly competition at Qui Veut Pister, and finally stop by Epicure Vous Salue.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nantes itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Fun & Games · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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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.