9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

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9 days in France Itinerary

Start: London
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Paris
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Amboise
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Bordeaux
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Marseille
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Lyon
— 1 night
tram + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
Paris

Paris ©
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 10th (Wed): walk around Luxembourg Gardens and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and finally head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip tool .

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, you will find days in Paris are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Amboise.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Amboise

Amboise
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau Royal d'Amboise and then don't miss a visit to Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Amboise tour site .

You can take a train from Paris to Amboise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Amboise

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise

1
night
Bordeaux

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip planner .

You can take a train from Amboise to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
On the 14th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Marineland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, then wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and finally don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nice travel route planner.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Nice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Bordeaux in July, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marineland
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

2
nights
Marseille

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 16th (Tue), get outside with Route des Cretes, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Marseille travel route planner .

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nice in July: highs in Marseille hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, Route des Cretes
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Route des Cretes ©
Route des Cretes

1
night
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
On the 18th (Thu), explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lyon holiday maker site .

You can take a train from Marseille to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Lyon, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Golf Trails Parks
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Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere

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