15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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15 days in France Itinerary

Start: Lyon
1
Lyon
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Toulouse
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Paris
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
End: Lyon

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.
On the 16th (Thu), examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and then wander the streets of Cite medievale de Perouges. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hotel-Dieu, then see the interesting displays at Institut & Musee Lumiere, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip builder website .

If you are flying in from Indonesia, the closest major airports are Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport, Grenoble-Isère Airport and Chambéry-Savoie Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hotel-Dieu, Cite medievale de Perouges
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Fresque des Lyonnais ©
Fresque des Lyonnais
Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon ©
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Chateau La Coste en Provence and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles. Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Tarascon and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Moulin de Daudet (in Fontvieille), Arles (Abbey of Montmajour & St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime)) and Plage de Piemanson (in Salin de Giraud). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Palais du Pharo.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planning website .

Take a train from Lyon to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Marseille, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Chateau de Tarascon, Plage de Piemanson, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
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Chateau La Coste en Provence ©
Chateau La Coste en Provence
Plage de Piemanson ©
Plage de Piemanson
Chateau de Tarascon ©
Chateau de Tarascon

3
nights
Toulouse

Toulouse ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Place Marechal Leclerc and Cave de Labastide. Take a break from the city and head to Grotte du Mas d'Azil and Lac de Saint-Ferreol. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toulouse: Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret), Chateau Saint Louis (in Labastide-Saint-Pierre) and Chateau de Saissac (in Saissac). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Penne, wander the streets of Place du Vigan, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Toulouse trip planner .

Fly from Marseille to Toulouse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Toulouse

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, Place du Vigan, Chateau de Saissac, Cave de Labastide, Grotte du Mas d'Azil
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Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses ©
Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses
Chateau de Penne ©
Chateau de Penne
Cave de Labastide ©
Cave de Labastide

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.
Visit Chateau de Fontainebleau and Chartres Cathedral for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Île de la Cité and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Venture out of the city with trips to Axo Plage (in Monampteuil), Champagne Alain Mercier et Fils (in Passy-sur-Marne) and Champagne Roger-Constant Lemaire (in Villers-sous-Chatillon). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Champagne Tarlant, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, appreciate the extensive heritage of Latin Quarter, and steep yourself in history at Les Andelys.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris tour itinerary app .

Getting from Toulouse to Paris by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Toulouse in August, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 29°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Champagne Tarlant, Les Andelys, Chartres Cathedral, Axo Plage
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Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Champagne Alain Mercier et Fils ©
Champagne Alain Mercier et Fils
Champagne Tarlant ©
Champagne Tarlant

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