16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 1 night
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Dijon
— 1 night
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Strasbourg
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Nice

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Monastère de Cimiez and Place Rossetti. Take a break from the city and head to Promenade du Paillon and Rand'eau evasion. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Mala Beach Coastal Path in Cap d'Ail, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, kick back and relax at Plage de la Mariniere, head outdoors with Tete de Chien, and make a trip to Promenade Maurice Rouvier.

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Minneapolis, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Minneapolis in August since evenings lows in Nice dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, stop by The Presqu'ile, then ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins, then see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. On the next day, make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then examine the collection at Hameau Duboeuf, and then explore the striking landscape at La Roche de Solutre.

To find photos and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in August, Lyon is slightly colder at night with lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Dijon

— 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, take in the dramatic scenery at Parc des Carrieres Bacquin, indulge your senses at Domaine Isabelle Lippe, then learn about winemaking at Boursot Pere & Fils, and finally make a trip to Place de la Liberation.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dijon trip planning site.

Getting from Lyon to Dijon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in August, you will find days in Dijon are little chillier (77°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Dijon

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Strasbourg

— 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): do a tasting at Vins d'Alsace Robert Blanck, contemplate the long history of Le Puits a Six Seaux, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saints Pierre et Paul, then take a stroll through La Petite France, and finally admire the striking features of La Neustadt.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg travel planner.

Traveling by train from Dijon to Strasbourg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, and wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker app.

Getting from Strasbourg to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau Cantenac and Musee du Vin et du Negoce. Get some cultural insight at Chateau Laniote and La Tour du Chateau du Roy. Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes), Chateau La Croizille (in Saint-Laurent-des-Combes) and Saint-Emilion (Cloitre des Cordeliers, Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, &more). There's much more to do: admire the local landmark of Monument aux Girondins, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, wander the streets of Port de la Lune, and make a trip to Skatepark Le Hangar Darwin.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wineries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.