15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
Train
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Strasbourg
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 1 night
Fly
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Paris

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder app.

Florianopolis, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 4 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Florianopolis in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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Strasbourg

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Tue), stop by La Petite Manufacture des Reves, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally wander the streets of La Petite France. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, then wander the streets of Little Venice, and then do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Strasbourg trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In December in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

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 30th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon sightseeing site.

Fly from Strasbourg to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

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 31st (Fri): examine the collection at Musee Granet, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of The Panier, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Marseille travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in December, things will get a bit warmer in Marseille: highs are around 15°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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.
Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Lérins Islands in Cannes, about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nice online vacation planner.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January in Nice, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:

France travel guide

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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.