17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + bus + train:  14​h 30​min
Paris
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
Strasbourg
— 1 night
train:  2​h
Dijon
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Lyon
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 30​min
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Nice
— 5 nights
+3
train + foot + Fly + subway:  16​h
End: San Francisco

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay, explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, make a trip to Louvre Museum, and admire the striking features of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or fly. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 60°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

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Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): wander the streets of La Petite France, then see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, then contemplate the long history of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Strasbourg vacation builder website .

Getting from Paris to Strasbourg by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Dijon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Palais de Rohan ©
Palais de Rohan
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France

1
night
Dijon

Dijon ©
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 30th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, get outside with Lac Kir, see the interesting displays at Musee Magnin, then make a trip to Hotel de Vogue, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Maison Milliere.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dijon trip planner .

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Dijon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

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#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Lac Kir ©
Lac Kir
Musee Magnin ©
Musee Magnin
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon ©
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Sanctuaire Saint Bonaventure, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

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Take a train from Dijon to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Lyon

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon

2
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Place Parlement, make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and then look for all kinds of wild species at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Pey-Berland Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral (Cathedrale Saint-Andre), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Michel, then savor the flavors at Chateau de Reignac, and finally don't miss a visit to Pont de Pierre.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux holiday planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lyon to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bordeaux

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, Chateau de Reignac
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Chateau de Reignac ©
Chateau de Reignac
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)

5
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Villa Eilenroc (in Antibes) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Tours

Side Trips

Massif de l'Esterel, Villa Eilenroc, VinAzur - Vins de provence
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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