23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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23 days in France Itinerary

Start: Metz
1
Metz
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Paris
— 8 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Lille
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Bus + Fly:  5 h
4
La Rochelle
— 5 nights
+4
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly + Tram:  5 h 30 min
5
Lyon
— 4 nights
Tram + Fly:  3 h
End: Metz

2
nights
Metz

Metz ©
Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Explore Metz's surroundings by going to La Tranchee de Chattancourt (in Chattancourt), Gros Ouvrage Maginot du Hackenberg (in Veckring) and Nancy (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, Place Stanislas, &more). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Saint Mihiel American Cemetery, take in the history at Group Fortifications of Aisne, soak in style at Turkish baths, and make a trip to Tour Camoufle.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Metz trip builder.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Metz. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Metz

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Nancy, Gros Ouvrage Maginot du Hackenberg, Saint Mihiel American Cemetery, Group Fortifications of Aisne, La Tranchee de Chattancourt
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Gros Ouvrage Maginot du Hackenberg ©
Gros Ouvrage Maginot du Hackenberg
Place Stanislas ©
Place Stanislas
Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy ©
Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy

8
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Metz to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rouen, Disneyland Paris, The Trianons & The Hamlet
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Lille

Lille ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lille side-trips: Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery (in Arras), Australian National Memorial (in Fouilloy) and Calais Wine Superstore (in Calais). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, have some family-friendly fun at Le Waf, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lille tour itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Paris to Lille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Lille are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Amiens, Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Calais Wine Superstore, Australian National Memorial
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5
nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Rochelle: Puy du Fou (in Les Epesses), Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou) and Bordeaux (Pey-Berland Tower, Place de la Bourse, &more). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, see the interesting displays at Association Hermione-La Fayette, admire the striking features of Maison Henri II, and don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Rochelle vacation site.

Do a combination of train and flight from Lille to La Rochelle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bordeaux, Puy du Fou, Futuroscope, Association Hermione-La Fayette
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Futuroscope ©
Futuroscope
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse

4
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Annecy (Mysteres du Lac & Lake Annecy) and Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, snap pictures at Passerelle du Palais de Justice, look for gifts at La boutique de Mathilde, and make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon journey maker website.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and tram from La Rochelle to Lyon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Annecy, Musee de Grenoble
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Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy

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