28 days in France Itinerary

28 days in France Itinerary

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Lyon
— 3 nights
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2
Strasbourg
— 4 nights
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3
Lille
— 1 night
Train
4
Paris
— 6 nights
Train
5
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Toulouse
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Nice
— 6 nights
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Lyon — 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Grenoble (Musee de Grenoble, Room Escape Games, &more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon online itinerary planner.

Chennai, India to Lyon is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Lyon is minus 4.5 hours. In December, Lyon is cooler than Chennai - with highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Strasbourg.
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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: Vin d'Alsace HORCHER (in Mittelwihr), Nancy (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy & Place Stanislas) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, wander the streets of La Petite France, make a trip to Old Town, and learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Strasbourg online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lyon to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lille.
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Lille — 1 night

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then admire the striking features of Chambre de Commerce, then make a trip to Grande Place, and finally explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lille trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Strasbourg to Lille by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Lille can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.
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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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Lille to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
On the 19th (Mon), make a trip to The Water Mirror, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral. On the next day, do a tasting at Chateau Beaurang, snap pictures at Pont de Pierre, then make a trip to Place du Parlement, and finally admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Toulouse.
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Toulouse — 3 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

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.
Explore Toulouse's surroundings by going to Albi (Place Savene & Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile), Cave de Labastide (in Labastide-de-Levis) and Carcassonne Center (Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), Cité de Carcassonne, &more). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Le Capitole, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, and walk around Chateau Foucaud et parc.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Toulouse sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Toulouse sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Marseille.
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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 24th (Sat): explore the galleries of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at La Fromagerie de Six-Fours, then wander the streets of The Panier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Marseille online travel route planner.

You can fly from Toulouse to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Marseille sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more) and Antibes (Musee Picasso & Marché provençal). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nice travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Nice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°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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