23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Lille
— 3 nights
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Nantes
— 5 nights
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Paris

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Royal Chapel, Palace of Versailles, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder tool.

Tampa, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Tampa in June, you will find days in Paris are a bit cooler (74°F), and nights are cooler (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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Nice

— 6 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 out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Lesgeckos (in Vence), Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Les Petites Porcelaines (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris). Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: fly like a bird with Marine Air Sport, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nice road trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 66°F in Nice. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer), Vertical T'air Parachutisme (in La Teste-de-Buch) and Arcachon (Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Passes & Croisiere Jouvence). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at The Hostel Escape Game Talence, trot along with Cabriol'Ane, see the sights as you ascend with Block'out Bordeaux, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bordeaux trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Nice to Bordeaux by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Bordeaux. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Lille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lille

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lille: Australian National Memorial (in Fouilloy), Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial (in Beaumont-Hamel) and Sheffield Memorial Park and Railway Hollow Cemetery (in Hebuterne). There's much more to do: take the plunge with Saut en Parachute Merville, admire the striking features of Chambre de Commerce, test your team's savvy at Escape Hunt Lille, and don't miss a visit to Grande Place.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lille online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Lille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Bordeaux, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lille, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to fly to Nantes.

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nantes

— 5 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Puy du Fou (in Les Epesses), Pornic (Espace Aventures & Plage de la Birochere) and Noirmoutier Helidrop (in Beauvoir-Sur-Mer). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, get your game on at Echappe Toi Si Tu Peux, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nantes road trip website.

Getting from Lille to Nantes by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lille in July, expect nights in Nantes to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Nantes

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.