22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France itinerary planner

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Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 7 nights
Fly

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster (in Ebersmunster), Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Nancy (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy & Place Stanislas). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, make a trip to Old Town, and visit Little Venice.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Strasbourg trip maker site.

Bangkok, Thailand to Strasbourg is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Strasbourg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in December, expect Strasbourg to be colder, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can fly to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

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Nice

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more) and Antibes (Marché provençal, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice vacation planner.

Getting from Strasbourg to Nice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, Nice is somewhat warmer than Strasbourg - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:

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 22nd (Wed): visit The Panier, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, 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. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Paul Cezanne’s Studio, steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Granet.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Marseille sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Marseille. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Lyon

— 4 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.
Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, Musee de Grenoble, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

Plan my day in Lyon using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marseille in December: high temperatures in Lyon hover around 9°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Paris

— 7 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: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris online trip planner.

Getting from Lyon to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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 fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 3:

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.