11 days in France Itinerary

11 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 2 nights
Drive
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Soissons
— 1 night
Drive
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Strasbourg
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Marseille
— 3 nights
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Paris

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Paris. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in Paris at 79°F and lows at 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sat) before leaving for Soissons.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums
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Soissons

— 1 night
Soissons is a commune in the Aisne department in Hauts-de-France in northern France, located on the Aisne River, about 100km northeast of Paris. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): make a trip to Porte d'Ardon, then contemplate the long history of Porte de Soissons, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Soissons vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Paris to Soissons takes 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Soissons when traveling from Paris in July, with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Soissons

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Strasbourg

— 3 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.
Visit Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fort De Schoenenbourg and Chateau Fort de Fleckenstein. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Chateau de Kaysersberg (in Kaysersberg), La Grand-Rue (in Ribeauville) and Vieille Ville de Turckheim (in Turckheim). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Ouvrage du Simserhof.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg road trip planner.

Getting from Soissons to Strasbourg by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. July in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montmajour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille online travel planner.

Fly from Strasbourg to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Strasbourg in July, with highs in Marseille at 88°F and lows at 68°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

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.