16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Paris
1
Paris
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Lille
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
3
Lyon
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Marseille
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Paris
— 1 night
End: Paris

5
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Champs-Elysees, Conciergerie, Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, and other attractions. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Explore hidden gems such as Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Chateau de Chantilly (in Chantilly) and Chateau de Pierrefonds (in Pierrefonds). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, take a stroll through Montmartre, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Vincennes.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip tool .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, Chateau de Pierrefonds, Chateau of Vincennes, Chateau de Chantilly
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

3
nights
Lille

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Beffroi de l'Hotel de Ville, Eglise du Sacre-Coeur, Porte de Paris, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vieux-Lille and Place aux Oignons. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grande Place and Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lille trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Lille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Lille are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette
Highlights from your plan
Place aux Oignons ©
Place aux Oignons
Old Stock Exchange ©
Old Stock Exchange
Vieux-Lille ©
Vieux-Lille

3
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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've added Eglise Saint Nizier, Place Bellecour, Eglise Sainte Blandine, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vieux Lyon and Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste. Get a sense of the local culture at Fresque des Lyonnais and Abbaye Saint-Philibert. Go for a jaunt from Lyon to Martailly-les-Brancion to see Chateau de Brancion about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, wander the streets of Place des Jacobins, and ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planner .

Traveling by train from Lille to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lille in September: highs in Lyon hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Abbaye Saint-Philibert, Chateau de Brancion
Highlights from your plan
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste
Fresque des Lyonnais ©
Fresque des Lyonnais

3
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Samena.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Marseille road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Lyon to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Marseille are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. You will leave for Paris on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Abbaye de Montmajour, Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole
Highlights from your plan
Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole ©
Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole
Palais Longchamp ©
Palais Longchamp
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

1
night
Paris

Paris
To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paris day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Marseille in October; daily highs in Paris reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife Tours Outdoors

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