17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey maker

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Lille
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 2 nights
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Paris

— 4 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.
Philippe-Chatrier Court and Hotel de Ville will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Atelier des Lumieres and National Museum of Natural History. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah, examine the collection at Musee des Arts et Metiers, wander the streets of Quartier Montparnasse, and make a trip to Luxembourg Palace.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planner.

Portland, USA to Paris is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Portland to Paris. In July in Paris, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

Bordeaux

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
Get some cultural insight at Musee d'Aquitaine and Chateau Pape Clement. Chateau Saint Ahon and La Fleche Saint-Michel will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Taillan, admire the striking features of Église Notre-Dame, visit Port of the Moon, and don't miss a visit to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bordeaux road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne and St. Vincent de Paul Church. Musee des Beaux-Arts de Marseille and Eglise Saint-Laurent will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Centre de la Vieille Charite, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, kick back and relax at Calanque de Samena, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Pointe Rouge.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille tour website.

Getting from Bordeaux to Marseille by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in August, expect Marseille to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lille.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Lille

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Waf and Place du Theatre. Your inner history buff will appreciate Place aux Oignons and Fromelles and Flanders Battlefield Tours. There's still lots to do: soak in style at Turkish baths, try your luck at Casino Barriere de Lille, examine the collection at Forum departemental des Sciences, and don't miss a visit to La Gare Saint Sauveur.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lille online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Lille takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Marseille in August, with highs in Lille at 74°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Baths
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Paris

— 2 nights

City of Light

Discover out-of-the-way places like Parc du Champ de Mars and Bercy Village. Cite des Sciences et de L'lndustrie and Institut du Monde Arabe will appeal to museum buffs. Enjoy Paris some more: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grande Mosquée de Paris, walk around Parc Monceau, and delve into the distant past at Archeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame.

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Getting from Lille to Paris by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

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.