15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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Train
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Versailles
— 1 day
Drive
2
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Lyon
— 1 night
Drive
4
Chamonix
— 1 night
Drive
5
Banon
— 1 night
Drive
6
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Cannes
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Nice
— 2 nights
Fly
9
Piana
— 1 night
Fly
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Bordeaux
— 1 night
Fly

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Versailles

— 1 day

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to The Hall of Mirrors, then admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles, and then explore the historical opulence of The Trianons & The Hamlet.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Versailles trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Versailles is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites

Paris

— 3 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 historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris route site.

Traveling by car from Versailles to Paris takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Lyon

— 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 5th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then take in the views from Pont Raymond Barre, then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon road trip planning site.

Getting from Paris to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Chamonix

— 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 6th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chamonix trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Chamonix in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Banon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Banon

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): look for gifts at Librairie le Bleuet.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Banon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Banon takes 5.5 hours. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Banon

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, then surround yourself with nature on Trolib, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Biere de la Plaine.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Banon to Marseille in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Cannes

— 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and then stroll through Lérins Islands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): cool off at Waterworld lake of gaudrade, get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cannes trip maker site.

You can drive from Marseille to Cannes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Nice

— 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 12th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Lycee Massena, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and finally don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nice online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Nice takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Nice, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly to Piana.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Piana

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): cruise along D81, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques de Piana.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Piana visit planning app.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Piana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Nice in September, Piana is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Piana

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Bordeaux

— 1 night

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Prieure de Cayac, make a trip to The Water Mirror, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, then admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux route builder website.

Fly from Piana to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Corsica travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Landmarks · Historic Sites
The island paradise of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea is a mosaic of diverse landscapes from comfortable sandy beaches and steep, narrow paved streets to inhospitable mountains rising up from the pasture. Ideal for a beach vacation, Corsica offers adventures on and off the sand, including scuba diving, sailing, and hiking. Enjoy a rugged mountain adventure by sightseeing along the famous Grande Randonnée (GR) 20 path. For an intense view of the island and the jagged coastline from the water, rent a boat to travel around the island or charter a cruise.