16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Reims
— 2 nights
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Colmar
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Paris

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Army Museum and Petit Palais. Step out of Paris to go to Maincy and see Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris route builder.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Paris. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Reims

— 2 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Champagne Dom Caudron, then do a tasting at Budding, then have fun and explore at Musee Automobile Reims-Champagne, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Foujita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Reims trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Reims in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Paris in September since evenings lows in Reims dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Colmar.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Colmar

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musée d'Unterlinden and Musee Memorial Le Linge. Explore hidden gems such as Vin d'Alsace HORCHER and Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu. Get out of town with these interesting Colmar side-trips: Hartmannswillerkopf (in Wattwiller) and Castle Landskron (in Leymen). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musee Espace des Metiers du Bois et du Patrimoine, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville de Turckheim, wander the streets of Little Venice, and admire the landmark architecture of Salle du Corps de Garde.

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Traveling by flight from Reims to Colmar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Lyon

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Hotel de Ville de Lyon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fresque des Lyonnais and Théâtre gallo-romain. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take a stroll through The Presqu'ile.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon tour builder app.

Traveling by flight from Colmar to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Lyon sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Bordeaux

— 3 nights

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 17th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, learn about winemaking at Chateau La Croizille, learn about winemaking at Chateau Laniote, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Port de la Lune, then see the interesting displays at Musee d'Aquitaine, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Taillan, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Histoire Maritime de Bordeaux.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux tour planner.

Getting from Lyon to Bordeaux by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · 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.