17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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Paris — 5 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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip app.

Lahore, Pakistan to Paris is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Lahore in December: highs in Paris hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can take a train to Strasbourg.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Strasbourg — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): wander the streets of La Petite France, then examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, then don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Sainte-Marguerite, then explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Wineries
Side Trips
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Lyon — 2 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.
On the 2nd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, then stop by Ilet Gourmand, then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally try out the rides at KOEZIO Lyon.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planner.

You can fly from Strasbourg to Lyon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. January in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.
Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Theme Parks
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Nice — 4 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 Antibes (Chapelle Saint-Bernardin & Musee Picasso) and Cannes (Lérins Islands & Rue d'Antibes). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, make a trip to Place Massena, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip site.

Fly from Lyon to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lyon in January, with highs in Nice at 15°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
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Marseille — 3 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.
On the 8th (Sun), visit The Panier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and finally stop by Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and then examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Marseille day trip planning site.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

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.