20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route planner

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Strasbourg
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Cannes
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 3 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: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Paris day trip app.

Mumbai, India to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Paris is minus 4.5 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

Strasbourg

— 3 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), Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster (in Ebersmunster) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg, learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, and examine the collection at Palais de Rohan.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Paris to Strasbourg by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

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 Dauphinois, Musee de Grenoble, &more). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, and stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Lyon are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Cannes.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Cannes

— 5 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Nice (Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, Vieille Ville, &more) and Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze (in Eze). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lérins Islands, admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso, get to know the fascinating history of Rue d'Antibes, and visit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe).

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Getting from Lyon to Cannes by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cannes: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Marseille

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take a stroll through The Panier, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille day trip planner.

You can drive from Cannes to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Marseille, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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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.