25 days in France & Frankfurt Itinerary

25 days in France & Frankfurt Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Saint-Emilion, France
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
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Biarritz, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
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Colmar, France
— 2 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
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Paris, France

— 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Moulin Rouge as well as Champs-Elysees. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris attractions planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in July, expect Paris to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 18°C. You will leave for Saint-Emilion on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Parks

Side Trip

Saint-Emilion, France

— 3 nights

Gem of the Dordogne Valley

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Emilion side-trips: Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac), Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux) and Chateau de Bridoire (in Ribagnac). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, take in panoramic vistas at Clocher de l'Eglise Monolithe, and take some stellar pictures from La Tour du Chateau du Roy.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Emilion road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Saint-Emilion takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Saint-Emilion, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 4 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 find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and Vieux Port (in La Rochelle). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, and head outdoors with Libr'et'sens.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux route builder site.

Traveling by car from Saint-Emilion to Bordeaux takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 9th (Tue), you're off to Biarritz.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Biarritz, France

— 3 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Biarritz side-trips: Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia) and Chapelle de Socorri (in Urrugne). Next up on the itinerary: stop by L'Atelier du Piment, kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques, enjoy the sea views from Phare de Biarritz, and take an in-depth tour of Villa Arnaga.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Biarritz route planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Biarritz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Biarritz are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cite medievale de Perouges as well as Lake Annecy. The adventure continues: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Biarritz to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can fly to Colmar.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Colmar, France

— 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 15th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and then get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile, and then examine the collection at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Colmar tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Colmar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frankfurt, Germany

— 4 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rothenburg (Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber & Altstadt), Heidelberg (Altstadt (Old Town) & Schloss Heidelberg) and Cologne (Chocolate Museum & Cologne Cathedral). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, appreciate the history behind Liebfrauen - Ort der Stille, admire the local landmark of Fountain of Justice, and don't miss a visit to Main Tower.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Colmar to Frankfurt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. In August in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

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.