29 days in France Itinerary

29 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Fly
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Taxi to Dol De Bretagne, Train to Paris
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Paris
— 8 nights
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Strasbourg

— 4 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.
Explore Strasbourg's surroundings by going to Nancy (Place Stanislas & Museum-Aquarium de Nancy), Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster (in Ebersmunster). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, don't miss a visit to Old Town, look for gifts at La Petite Manufacture des Reves, and wander the streets of La Petite France.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait to Strasbourg is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Kuwait City in December, plan for much colder days in Strasbourg, with highs around 7°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nice trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Strasbourg in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Nice: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

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 30th (Thu): wander the streets of The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Paul Cezanne’s Studio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Marseille visit planning tool.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in December since evenings lows in Marseille dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Carcassonne

— 4 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi), Escape Game S Room Agency (in Montauban) and Toulouse (Musee des Augustins, Le Capitole, &more). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne holiday planning site.

Getting from Marseille to Carcassonne by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:

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). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lyon online visit planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

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: make a trip to Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip app.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 17:

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.