10 days in France Itinerary

10 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Basel, Bus to Gare, Train to Colmar
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Colmar
— 3 nights
Train
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Reims
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Fly
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly

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Colmar

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Eglise St-Martin and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ecomusee d'Alsace and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim. There's much more to do: make a trip to Vieille Ville, get to know the resident critters at NaturoparC - Hunawihr, and admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Colmar online holiday planner.

Manama, Bahrain to Colmar is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Manama in January; daily highs in Colmar reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Reims.

Things to do in Colmar

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Reims

— 2 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Saint-Remi and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at La Maison Mumm, learn about winemaking at Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, and then do a tasting at Moet et Chandon.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Reims day trip planning tool.

Take a train from Colmar to Reims in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Amiens

— 1 night

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
On the 7th (Thu), stop by St-Leu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and then take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Amiens online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Reims to Amiens in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Amiens can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Amiens

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and then stroll through Omaha Beach.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer tour site.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 9th (Sat): take a stroll through The Panier and then explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille online journey planner.

Getting from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Marseille by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. While traveling from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

France travel guide

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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.