15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Lyon
— 1 night
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Aix-en-Provence
— 8 nights
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Autun
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 1 night
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Lyon

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, snap pictures at Passerelle du Palais de Justice, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip builder.

Antwerp, Belgium to Lyon is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Antwerp in July: high temperatures in Lyon hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks
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Aix-en-Provence

— 8 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aix-en-Provence: Marseille (Le Vieux Port, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more), Nice (Colline du Chateau overlook, Promenade des Anglais, &more) and Eglise St Pierre & Paul (in Cagnes-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence online day trip planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Autun.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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Autun

— 4 nights
Autun is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France. Change things up with these side-trips from Autun: Le Pal (in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Besbre), Statue de Vercingetorix (in Alise-Sainte-Reine) and Abbaye de Fontenay (in Montbard). There's still lots to do: get outside with Croix de la Liberation, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Lazare, take in the dramatic scenery at Briscou Cascade, and explore the historical opulence of Guédelon.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Autun trip planner.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Autun by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or fly. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in July, expect Autun to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Autun

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Paris

— 1 night

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 14th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and then don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

You can drive from Autun to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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.