23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Metz
1
Metz
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Paris
— 8 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Lille
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Bus + Fly:  5 h
4
La Rochelle
— 5 nights
+4
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly + Tram:  5 h 30 min
5
Lyon
— 4 nights
Tram + Fly:  3 h
End: Metz

2
nights
Metz

Metz ©
Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nancy (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, Place Stanislas, &more), Gros Ouvrage Maginot du Hackenberg (in Veckring) and La Tranchee de Chattancourt (in Chattancourt). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Saint Mihiel American Cemetery, take a stroll through Place Saint Jacques, slough off your stress at Turkish baths, and make a trip to Tour Camoufle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Metz online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Metz. In March, daytime highs in Metz are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Metz

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Nancy, Group Fortifications of Aisne, Gros Ouvrage Maginot du Hackenberg, Saint Mihiel American Cemetery, La Tranchee de Chattancourt
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Gros Ouvrage Maginot du Hackenberg ©
Gros Ouvrage Maginot du Hackenberg
Place Stanislas ©
Place Stanislas
Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy ©
Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy

8
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paris journey website.

Traveling by train from Metz to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Lille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rouen, The Trianons & The Hamlet, Disneyland Paris
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lille: Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery (in Arras), Calais Wine Superstore (in Calais) and Australian National Memorial (in Fouilloy). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, and have some family-friendly fun at Le Waf.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lille online journey builder.

You can take a train from Paris to Lille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Lille can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Amiens, Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Calais Wine Superstore, Australian National Memorial
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Calais Wine Superstore ©
Calais Wine Superstore
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery ©
Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery

5
nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Venture out of the city with trips to Puy du Fou (in Les Epesses), Bordeaux (Pey-Berland Tower, Place de la Bourse, &more) and Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, stop by Cognac Only, and admire the striking features of Maison Henri II.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Rochelle online trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Lille to La Rochelle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in La Rochelle, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bordeaux, Association Hermione-La Fayette, Puy du Fou, Futuroscope
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Futuroscope ©
Futuroscope
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse

4
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble) and Annecy (Mysteres du Lac & Lake Annecy). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon route app.

Do a combination of train, flight, and tram from La Rochelle to Lyon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Annecy, Musee de Grenoble
Highlights from your plan
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy

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