11 days in France Itinerary

11 days in France Itinerary

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Paris — 2 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Champs-Elysees, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Louvre Museum, and other attractions. Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Île de la Cité and 1st Arrondissement. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah, and don't miss a visit to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

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Athens, Greece to Paris is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Paris due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Athens in March, with highs in Paris at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bordeaux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Bordeaux — 1 night

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 25th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Chateau Guadet, do a tasting at Chateau Laniote, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, then delve into the distant past at La Tour du Chateau du Roy, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Pape Clement, then stop by Port de la Lune, and then view the masterpieces at Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez.

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Traveling by train from Paris to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in March, expect nights in Bordeaux to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.
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Toulouse — 1 day

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 27th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Quai de la Daurade, contemplate the waterfront views at Garonne, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Grand Rond, then examine the collection at Musee Georges Labit, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Etienne.

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You can drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Montpellier — 1 night

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll through promenade a cheval, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Carbonniere, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, and finally contemplate the long history of Chapelle des Penitents blancs d'Aigues-Mortes. On the next day, stroll around Maison de la Nature, then examine the collection at Le Pavillon Populaire, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Tables.

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Getting from Toulouse to Montpellier by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Lyon.
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Lyon — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville de Lyon, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then see the interesting displays at Institut & Musee Lumiere, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Centre D'histoire De La Resistance Et De La Deportation. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, then wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, and finally don't miss a visit to Fresque des Lyonnais.

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Getting from Montpellier to Lyon by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Montpellier in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lyon: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.