18 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Bus to Annecy
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Annecy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 1 night
Drive
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Beaune
— 5 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg
— 3 nights
Train
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Reims
— 1 day
Train
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Annecy — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Annecy, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de l'Europe, and then make a trip to La Vieille Ville.

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Singapore, Singapore to Annecy is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Singapore to Annecy. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Annecy reach 10°C and lows reach -1°C. You'll set off for Lyon on the 17th (Sat).
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stop by Les Bonbons de Julien, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then don't miss a visit to La Longue Traboule, and finally examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and finally get in on the family fun at KOEZIO Lyon.

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Getting from Annecy to Lyon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lyon are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Beaune.
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Beaune — 5 nights

Wine Capital of Burgundy

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Get out of town with these interesting Beaune side-trips: Belvedere de Montfaucon (in Montfaucon), Besancon (Statue du marquis Jouffroy d'Abbans & Citadel of Besançon) and Dijon (Owl's Trail, Hotel de Vogue, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeries Bartoux Beaune, stop by Athenaeum, and learn about winemaking at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien.

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Traveling by car from Lyon to Beaune takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg — 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Strasbourg: Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr), Colmar (Old Town & Little Venice) and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim). The adventure continues: make a trip to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg.

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Getting from Beaune to Strasbourg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Reims.
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Reims — 1 day

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): ponder the design of Fontaine Sube, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, then do a tasting at La Maison Mumm, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Saint-Remi.

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Take a train from Strasbourg to Reims in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Paris — 4 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

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You can take a train from Reims to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly 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.
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