16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Marseille
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Avignon
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Lyon
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Paris
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
6
Strasbourg
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Toulouse
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Cairo

3
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Saint-Paul de Vence and La Madone d'Utelle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Palais Lascaris are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and La Maison du Portal (in Levens). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, view the masterpieces at Choisy La Galerie, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nice itinerary maker tool .

Cairo, Egypt to Nice is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in January, expect Nice to be little chillier, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Station de Ski L'Audibergue, La Maison du Portal, La Madone d'Utelle, Eglise
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

1
night
Marseille

Marseille ©
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 28th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire de Marseille.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums
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Vallon des Auffes ©
Vallon des Auffes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais Longchamp ©
Palais Longchamp

1
night
Avignon

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Avignon trip planner .

Traveling by train from Marseille to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Avignon when traveling from Marseille in January, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

2
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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 (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, then examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Saint-Bruno-Les-Chartreux, examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, then examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lyon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Avignon to Lyon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

3
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee des Arts Forains and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Lyon to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Strasbourg

Strasbourg ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, don't miss a visit to Old Town, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, then see the interesting displays at Musée historique de la ville de Strasbourg, and then get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Strasbourg holiday planner .

You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Old Town, Vieille ville d'Eguisheim
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Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Alsatian Museum ©
Alsatian Museum

3
nights
Toulouse

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 6th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then visit Cité de Carcassonne, and then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Toulouse tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Strasbourg to Toulouse in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Strasbourg in February, expect nights in Toulouse to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne, Albi
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Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec

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