20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner

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Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Taxi to Dol De Bretagne, Train to Paris
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Paris
— 6 nights
Fly

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Strasbourg

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Colmar (Little Venice & Old Town), Vin d'Alsace HORCHER (in Mittelwihr) and Nancy (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy & Place Stanislas). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, stop by Mon Oncle Malker de Munster, get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and don't miss a visit to Gare de Strasbourg.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Strasbourg journey planner.

Amritsar, India to Strasbourg is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Amritsar to Strasbourg due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Amritsar in December: highs in Strasbourg hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Nice

— 4 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue d'Antibes, &more). There's much more to do: stop by Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip builder app.

Fly from Strasbourg to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Nice is somewhat warmer than Strasbourg - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

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Marseille

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): wander the streets of The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Granet.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, Marseille is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and then make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, then find something for the whole family at AviaSim Lyon, and finally stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Lyon is little chillier than Marseille - with highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks
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Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 31st (Fri), stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then steep yourself in history at Mont Saint-Michel.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel attractions planner.

You can fly from Lyon to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Mont-Saint-Michel, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Paris

— 6 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.
Paris is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Paris in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can 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.