22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 8 nights
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Strasbourg
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Paris
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Paris

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Bangkok to Paris, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in December, things will get cooler in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Strasbourg

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Strasbourg: Colmar (Old Town, Maison Schongauer, &more), Pont Fortifie (in Kaysersberg) and Eguisheim (Chapelle Saint-Leon IX, Saint-Leon Fountain, &more). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, take a stroll through La Petite France, get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Strasbourg road trip website.

You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Marseille

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, stop by La Baleine a Cabosse, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Marseille trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Marseille takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Marseille is a bit warmer than Strasbourg - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Lyon

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 la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere & Musee de Grenoble) and Lake Annecy (in Annecy). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, wander the streets of Place des Jacobins, stop by Epsilon Vega, and see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Lyon tour builder.

Traveling by train from Marseille to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or fly. Traveling from Marseille in December, expect Lyon to be little chillier, temps between 9°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Paris

City of Light

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): snap pictures at Pont Alexandre III and then examine the collection at Musee de l'Orangerie.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Lyon to Paris by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly; or drive. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.