17 days in France, Virginia & Vienna Itinerary

17 days in France, Virginia & Vienna Itinerary

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Virginia Beach, United States
— 1 day
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Colmar, France
— 1 night
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Train to Saint-Louis, Shuttle to Basel, Fly to Vienna
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Virginia Beach, United States

— 1 day

The Resort City

Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
On the 17th (Tue), get outside with Matador Sport Fishing Charters and then sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Virginia Beach online tour itinerary maker.

Norfolk to Virginia Beach is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Virginia Beach are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
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Paris, France

— 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris day trip site.

You can fly from Virginia Beach to Paris in 13 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. While traveling from Virginia Beach, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 47°F to lows of 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Colmar.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Colmar, France

— 1 night

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): wander the streets of Little Venice, don't miss a visit to Old Town, and then examine the collection at Parc Attractions Haut Rhin.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Colmar travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Paris to Colmar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Colmar are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods · Museums
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Vienna, Austria

— 4 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, stroll around Prater, see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and make a trip to Haus der Musik Wien.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of train, shuttle, and flight from Colmar to Vienna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Colmar in December, you will find days in Vienna are little chillier (41°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
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Lyon, France

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, enjoy some diversion at KIMEO / Ecole de Parkour, then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lyon route site.

You can fly from Vienna to Lyon in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vienna in December, you will find days in Lyon are a bit warmer (47°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can fly to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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Nice, France

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Isola 2000 (in Isola), Saint Dalmas Le Selvage (in Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage) and Station d'Auron (in Auron). There's lots more to do: stop by Vieille Ville, have some family-friendly fun at Game Over, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and make a trip to Place Massena.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Nice attractions planning app.

You can fly from Lyon to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Nice is somewhat warmer than Lyon - with highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Fun & Games · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Virginia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

France travel guide

4.3
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.