14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fontainebleau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dijon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Train
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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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.
On the 8th (Tue), shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris holiday planner.

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Paris is 9 hours. In March, Paris is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 53°F and lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Fontainebleau.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Fontainebleau

— 2 nights
Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. On the 10th (Thu), admire the striking features of Chateau de Fontainebleau, then look for all kinds of wild species at Evasion Canine, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Louis de Fontainebleau, and finally don't miss a visit to A New Delhi. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Gendarmerie Nationale, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, and then slough off your stress at Les Bains de l'Orient.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fontainebleau travel site.

You can drive from Paris to Fontainebleau in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Fontainebleau, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dijon.

Things to do in Fontainebleau

Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trips

Dijon

— 2 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
On the 12th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, trek along Owl's Trail, admire the local landmark of Jardin Darcy, then indulge in some personalized pampering at L'Institut Fee pour Moi, then see the interesting displays at Musee Magnin, and finally make a trip to Place de la Liberation. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Palace of the Dukes, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, then see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, and finally look for gifts at Vins Coudurier Jung.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dijon trip builder site.

You can drive from Fontainebleau to Dijon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in March, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums · Spas · Shopping · Trails

Side Trips

Lyon

— 3 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 find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Collegiale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul (in Saint-Donat-sur-l'Herbasse). The adventure continues: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, look for gifts at Secrets d'Apiculteur, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lyon travel route builder tool.

Getting from Dijon to Lyon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Lyon are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Marseille

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Cannes (Le Suquet & La Croisette) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lyon to Marseille by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Marseille are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.