25 days in France Itinerary

25 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip maker

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Paris
— 8 nights
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Paris

— 8 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris sightseeing planner.

Mumbai, India to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Paris. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Mumbai in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, Musee de Grenoble, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, find something for the whole family at AviaSim Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Lyon in 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 your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

Marseille

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Musee Granet, &more) and Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, stop by Atelier de Création - La Grande Savonnerie, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marseille route builder app.

Fly from Lyon to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lyon in December; daily highs in Marseille reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:

Nice

— 7 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more), Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Antibes (Musee Picasso & Marché provençal). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, shop like a local with Avenue Jean Medecin, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nice day trip site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Nice, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 26:

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.