12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

Make it your trip
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Nice
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 4 nights
Train
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Lille
— 1 night
Train to Paris CDG, Fly to New Delhi

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Nice

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. Let the collections at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musée Marc Chagall capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Le Suquet (in Cannes). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip maker site.

New Delhi, India to Nice is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Nice, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in December, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Vieux Lyon. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee de Grenoble and Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere. Take a break from Lyon with a short trip to Musee Dauphinois in Grenoble, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and make a trip to La Place Bellecour.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lyon day trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Lyon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, things will get slightly colder in Lyon: highs are around 9°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Evasion Canine. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Latin Quarter, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

Before you visit Paris, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

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.
To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lille attractions planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Lille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Lille sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Fun & Games
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.