10 days in France Itinerary

10 days in France Itinerary

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Lyon
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Toulouse
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Marseille
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Brancion and Musee de l'Imprimerie de Lyon. Get a sense of the local culture at Eglise Saint Nizier and Taize Community. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Chasselas (in Chasselas), Chateau de Flecheres (in Fareins) and Eglise Saint-Martin (in Chapaize). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Musee d'Histoire de Lyon, have fun at France Aventures Lyon, see the interesting displays at Musee Urbain Tony Garnier, and brush up on your military savvy at Musee de l'Aviation Clement Ader.

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Bengaluru, India to Lyon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Traveling from Bengaluru in April, things will get colder in Lyon: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Toulouse.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trips

Toulouse

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, get engrossed in the history at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin. Keep things going the next day: browse the fresh offerings at Marche Victor Hugo, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, examine the collection at Museum of natural History, then engage your brain at Aeroscopia, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, and finally snap pictures at Pont Vieux.

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Traveling by flight from Lyon to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eglise St-Vincent and St. Vincent de Paul Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Calanque d'En-Vau and Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Mane (Museum of Salagon & Chateau de Sauvan), Le Bois des Lutins (in Peypin) and Eglise Sainte-Marthe de Tarascon (in Tarascon). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Les Antiques, take an in-depth tour of Musee des Docks Romains, examine the collection at Pavillon M, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Laurent.

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Traveling by flight from Toulouse to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.