14 days in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania & France Itinerary

14 days in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania & France Itinerary

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Fly to Hamburg Airport, Drive to Rostock
Rostock, Germany
— 3 nights
Train to Hamburg, Fly to Nice
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 5 nights


Rostock, Germany

— 3 nights

Hanseatic City

Rostock was once one of the primary ports of the powerful Hanseatic League.
Take a break from Rostock with a short trip to Kunstmuhle in Schwaan, about 34 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Tue) on a tasty journey with Friends of Dave Tours. The adventure continues: hike along The Mollie Steam Train, appreciate the history behind Rostocker Greife, pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Marien Kirche, and explore the world behind art at Das Kulturhistorische Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rostock tour planner.

Sioux City, USA to Rostock is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sioux City in May: highs in Rostock hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Rostock

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and finally take a stroll through Vieille Ville. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Nice route planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Rostock to Nice takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rostock in May, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 69°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Marseille, France

— 1 night

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 16th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Marseille route planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May in Marseille, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites

Lyon, France

— 1 night

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 17th (Mon), stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Marseille, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Lyon, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks

Paris, France

— 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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania travel guide

Landmarks · Beaches · Castles
Claiming to be Germany's "must-sea" vacation destination, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania boasts nearly 2,000 km (1,243 mi) of coastline. Seaside resorts, sandy beaches, World Heritage-listed towns, and unspoiled natural areas are all within a seashell's throw. Take just a short drive from the Baltic Sea to start exploring one of continental Europe's largest unbroken areas of rivers and lakes. Deeper inland, the region's countryside is a colorful mosaic of small towns and sleepy villages. The surrounding rugged hills, sparkling lakes, and rivers were formed by glacial activity ages ago. A land rich in history and culture, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania contains more than 2,000 palaces, stately homes, and lavish gardens. Many now serve as venues for the state's array of things to do, including concerts, festivals, open-air operettas, and theatre performances. Rent a canoe to sail one of the region's countless lakes, or take a trip from the north of the state all the way to Berlin through the network of interconnected waterways.

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.