16 days in France & London Itinerary

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Beaune, France
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Macon, France
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Dole, France
— 1 night
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Mulhouse, France
— 1 night
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Colmar, France
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
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Nancy, France
— 1 night
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Metz, France
— 1 night
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Troyes, France
— 2 nights
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Epernay, France
— 1 night
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Arras, France
— 1 day
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Lille, France
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom
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Beaune, France — 1 night

Wine Capital of Burgundy

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for gifts at Marche aux Vins, view the masterpieces at Galeries Bartoux Beaune, examine the collection at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, then do a tasting at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, then do a tasting at Chateau de Pommard, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau du Clos de Vougeot.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Beaune online road trip planner.

Dijon to Beaune is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Beaune are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Macon.
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Macon, France — 1 night

Mâcon, historically anglicized as Mascon, is a small city in east-central France. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get to know the resident critters at Touroparc Zoo, then admire the striking features of Monastere Royal de Brou, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Demeure Hugon. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cormatin, contemplate the long history of Abbey of Cluny, and then take an in-depth tour of Hotel-Dieu de Cluny.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Macon online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Beaune to Macon takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Macon can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dole.
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Dole, France — 1 night

Dole is a commune in the Jura department in the Franche-Comté region in eastern France, of which it is a subprefecture.HistoryDole was the capital of Franche-Comté until Louis XIV conquered the region; he shifted the parlement from Dole to Besançon. On the 19th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Vieux Dole.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dole trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Macon to Dole by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mulhouse.
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Mulhouse, France — 1 night

An industrial town nicknamed "the French Manchester," Mulhouse is famous for its Peugeot factory, esteemed museums, Alsace wine, and cultural riches.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Leger, then find something for the whole family at Parc du Petit Prince, then see the interesting displays at Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf, and finally see the interesting displays at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mulhouse online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dole to Mulhouse. In October, daily temperatures in Mulhouse can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and then wander the streets of Little Venice. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the design of Saint-Leon Fountain, don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, do a tasting at Maison Wolfberger, then make a trip to Vieille Ville, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Colmar road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mulhouse to Colmar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg, make a trip to Barrage Vauban, then take a stroll through La Petite France, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centre-Ville de Strasbourg.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Strasbourg trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Colmar to Strasbourg in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nancy.
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Nancy, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Hotel de Ville, make a trip to Place Stanislas, admire the local landmark of Place d'Alliance, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally make a trip to La Porte de la Craffe.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Nancy trip planner.

Drive from Strasbourg to Nancy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Nancy sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for Metz.
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Metz, France — 1 night

City of Light

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at Villa Pompei, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo d'Amnéville, and then admire the striking features of Œuvre de la cathédrale.

To find out how to plan a trip to Metz, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Nancy to Metz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Troyes.
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Troyes, France — 2 nights

Jerusalem of Stained Glass

Many half-timbered houses from the 16th century remain in wonderful condition in the old town of Troyes.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Champagne Nicolo & Paradis, find something for the whole family at Nigloland, Parc D'Attractions & Hotel, learn about winemaking at Champagne Philippe Fourrier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Remy, then don't miss a visit to Ruelle des Chats, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de L'hotel Juvenal des Ursins. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Maison de l'Outil et de la Pensee Ouvriere, revel in the low prices at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Troyes, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Troyes sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Metz to Troyes in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Epernay.
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Epernay, France — 1 night

Capital of Champagne

Best known for its Champagne production, Épernay is a small town featuring several famous brands, including Moët & Chandon, that have been aged in the miles of tunneled cellars carved from chalk rock beneath the town.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): do a tasting at Moet et Chandon, learn about winemaking at Champagne Collard-Picard, learn about winemaking at Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, then do a tasting at Champagne De Castellane, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Avenue de Champagne.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Epernay road trip planning site.

Getting from Troyes to Epernay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Epernay can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Arras.
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Arras, France — 1 day

Arras is just small enough for you to enjoy over a leisurely walk along the two great squares providing a splendid collection of 155 unique façades of Flemish baroque architecture, with stop at the many bars and cafés along the way for refreshments.
On the 29th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Le Memorial International De Notre-Dame-De-Lorette, pause for some photo ops at Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, then make a trip to Grand Place, then brush up on your military savvy at Carriere Wellington, and finally make a trip to Heroes Square.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Arras tour website.

Drive from Epernay to Arras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lille.
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Lille, France — 1 night

Cultural Heart of Northern France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to Grande Place, then explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, and finally shop like a local with Vieux-Lille.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lille road trip planning app.

You can drive from Arras to Lille in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In October in Lille, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 2 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
On the 31st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, admire the landmark architecture of Tower of London, then take in the views from Tower Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Big Ben, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the London travel itinerary planner.

Take a train from Lille to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lille to London. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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