32 days in France Itinerary

32 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France attractions planner

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Paris
— 6 nights
Train
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Nancy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg
— 5 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 6 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 5 nights
Fly
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Paris

— 6 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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, stop by Le Marais, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

For photos and tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Paris. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nancy.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 16:

Nancy

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nancy: Metz (Turkish Baths, Quartier Imperial, &more) and Chemin Historique (in Creutzwald). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Place Stanislas and explore the world behind art at Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nancy route planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Nancy in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Paris in December; daily highs in Nancy reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Nancy

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

Strasbourg

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Strasbourg: Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster (in Ebersmunster), Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz, and see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg holiday planning tool.

Drive from Nancy to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

Nice

— 6 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 Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Strasbourg in December: high temperatures in Nice hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 30:

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 Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Villa des Flo (in Bandol) and Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Marseille holiday app.

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, Marseille is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

Lyon

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Annecy (in Annecy) and Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, Musee de Grenoble, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Lyon trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Marseille in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Lyon, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Lyon to Mont-Saint-Michel in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

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.