7 days in France Itinerary

7 days in France Itinerary

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Train to Saint-Louis, Shuttle to Basel, Fly to Istanbul Ataturk



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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire the local landmark of La Place des Jacobins and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon online travel planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Lyon is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Lyon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games


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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.
On the 22nd (Tue), ponder the design of Monument Sadi Carnot Place de la Republique, trek along Owl's Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Elus, and finally examine the collection at Musee Magnin.

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You can drive from Lyon to Dijon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lyon in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Dijon: temperatures range from 5°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails


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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.
On the 23rd (Wed), stop by La Petite France, then see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Dijon to Strasbourg by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods


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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 24th (Thu): stop by Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, and then admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER and then don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Colmar trip maker website.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Colmar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Colmar are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

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France travel guide

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.