17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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Strasbourg
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Grenoble
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 6 nights
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Montpellier
— 3 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur (in Hunawihr). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie, try out the rides at Parc Animalier Friedel, and look for all kinds of wild species at Buvette aux Sept Ecluses.

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Athens, Greece to Strasbourg is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Strasbourg is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Athens in August, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Strasbourg: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then take in the views from Pont Raymond Barre, then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally look for gifts at La boutique de Mathilde.

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You can fly from Strasbourg to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Lyon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Grenoble.

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Grenoble

— 3 nights

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
When in Grenoble, make a side trip to see Reve d'Eau in Bellentre, approximately Bellentre away. The adventure continues: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Dauphinois.

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Traveling by car from Lyon to Grenoble takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Adventure

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Marseille

— 6 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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Dune La Londe (in La Londe Les Maures), Var Lamas (in Six-Fours-les-Plages) and Avignon (Ile de la Barthelasse, Palais des Papes, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and head outdoors with Calanque du Sugiton.

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You can fly from Grenoble to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grenoble in August, with highs in Marseille at 35°C and lows at 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for Montpellier.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Montpellier

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montpellier: Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Terre Liquide (in Mons) and Carcassonne Center (Lac de la Cavayere, Cité de Carcassonne, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Escale Aventure, get in on the family fun at AviaSim Montpellier, meet the residents at Planet Ocean Montpellier, and explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to Montpellier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

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Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

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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.