13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Versailles
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Train
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Versailles

— 2 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 24th (Tue), make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles, then admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet, then don't miss a visit to The Hall of Mirrors, and finally admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Parc Zoologique et Chateau de Thoiry, steep yourself in history at Collegiale Notre-Dame de Poissy, and then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin de Versailles.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Versailles journey planning website.

New Delhi, India to Versailles is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from New Delhi in November: highs in Versailles hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

Paris

— 3 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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip builder.

You can take a train from Versailles to Paris in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Paris are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

Lyon

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lyon online journey builder.

You can take a train from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

Marseille

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Wed), take a stroll through The Panier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planner.

Getting from Lyon to Marseille by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or fly. In December, Marseille is somewhat warmer than Lyon - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Nice

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): head off the coast to Lérins Islands and then don't miss a visit to Le Nomade. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nice road trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Nice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

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.