15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Colmar
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Colmar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chatelaillon-Plage
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 2 nights
Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Toronto

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Colmar

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Martin, make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, make a trip to Vieille Ville, then don't miss a visit to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Maurice. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet, then make a trip to Old Town, and then admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Colmar trip itinerary builder.

Toronto, Canada to Colmar is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Colmar, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, expect Colmar to be a bit warmer, temps between 9°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Macot-la-Plagne

— 2 nights
On the 28th (Tue), fly down the slopes at Reflex Ski School, then fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Plagne Ski Resort, and finally fly down the slopes at La Tania Ski Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Ecole du Ski Francais, stroll through Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, then fly down the slopes at Patinoire, and finally don't miss a visit to Maison des Artisans.

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Drive from Colmar to Macot-la-Plagne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Macot-la-Plagne is little chillier than Colmar - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Val Thorens

— 2 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get outside with 6km Toboggan Run Val Thorens, then hit the slopes at Prosneige, then get outside with La Tyrolienne, and finally hit the slopes at Les Menuires. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

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Traveling by car from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Macot-la-Plagne in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Val Thorens, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Classes

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Lyon

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, then explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and finally examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, and then take in the dramatic natural features at La Roche de Solutre.

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You can drive from Val Thorens to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Lyon, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Chatelaillon-Plage.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Chatelaillon-Plage

— 2 nights
Châtelaillon-Plage is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France.It is located south of the city of La Rochelle and is also a suburb. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): examine the collection at Association Hermione-La Fayette, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Chatelaillon. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Aytre, make a trip to Clocher Observatoire, then don't miss a visit to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Chatelaillon-Plage travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Lyon to Chatelaillon-Plage by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Chatelaillon-Plage

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 5th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, then witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, then brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bayeux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chatelaillon-Plage to Bayeux takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Amiens

— 2 nights

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Abbatiale Saint-Pierre de Corbie, take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne, then admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally take a stroll through St-Leu. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Musee Somme 1916, then make a trip to Lochnagar Crater, and then brush up on your military savvy at Carriere Wellington.

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You can drive from Bayeux to Amiens in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Amiens, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.