17 days in France, Virginia & Vienna Itinerary

17 days in France, Virginia & Vienna Itinerary

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17 days in France, Virginia & Vienna Itinerary

Start: Norfolk, United States
Drive:  30​min
1
Virginia Beach, United States
— 1 day
Fly:  12​h 45​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Colmar, France
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
4
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly + tram:  4​h 45​min
5
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
tram + Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Norfolk, United States


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1
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Virginia Beach, United States

Virginia Beach ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): head outdoors with Matador Sport Fishing Charters and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Virginia Beach route planning tool .

Norfolk to Virginia Beach is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also do a combination of tram and bus; or take a bus. In December in Virginia Beach, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries
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Tarnished Truth Distilling Company ©

3
nights
Paris, France

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

Start your trip to Paris by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Virginia Beach to Paris in 13 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Virginia Beach to Paris. Traveling from Virginia Beach in December, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (47°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Colmar.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

1
night
Colmar, France

Colmar ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): wander the streets of Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, and then examine the collection at Parc Attractions Haut Rhin.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colmar travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Colmar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Colmar are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods Museums
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Old Town ©
Old Town

4
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, find something for the whole family at Prater, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna day trip tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Colmar to Vienna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Colmar in December, plan for slightly colder days in Vienna, with highs around 41°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Prater ©
Prater
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo

2
nights
Lyon, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, have fun at KIMEO / Ecole de Parkour, then explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and tram from Vienna to Lyon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Vienna in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Lyon, with highs around 47°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

KIMEO / Ecole de Parkour
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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
KIMEO / Ecole de Parkour ©
KIMEO / Ecole de Parkour

5
nights
Nice, France

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gobabygym (in Antibes), Isola 2000 (in Isola) and Saint Dalmas Le Selvage (in Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get your game on at Laser Game Evolution Toulon, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and take in the awesome beauty at Mont Vinaigre.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary app .

Getting from Lyon to Nice by combination of tram and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, Nice is somewhat warmer than Lyon - with highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Fun & Games Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Six-Fours-les-Plages, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Route Napoleon, Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales, Galerie1414
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Room Escape Games
Laser Game Evolution Toulon ©
Laser Game Evolution Toulon
Mont Vinaigre ©
Mont Vinaigre

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