22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

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22 days in France Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Bordeaux
— 1 day
Train:  2 h
2
Tours
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Nantes
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Rennes
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
5
Paris
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Reims
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Metz
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
8
Nancy
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
9
Strasbourg
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
10
Colmar
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 15 min
11
Lyon
— 1 night
Tram + Fly:  3 h 15 min
12
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
13
Marseille
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
14
Avignon
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
15
Montpellier
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
16
Toulouse
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Rio de Janeiro

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): make a trip to The Water Mirror, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Bordeaux, and then browse the exhibits of La Cite du Vin.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Bordeaux online itinerary planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Bordeaux is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Bordeaux. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March: high temperatures in Bordeaux hover around 17°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tours.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums Fun & Games
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Virtual Room Bordeaux ©
Virtual Room Bordeaux
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror
La Cite du Vin
La Cite du Vin

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night
Tours

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tours online journey builder .

Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Tours takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bordeaux in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tours: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Nantes.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Villandry, Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau
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Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau ©
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau
Cathedrale Saint-Gatien ©
Cathedrale Saint-Gatien

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Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally partake in some friendly competition at Sisters Mysteres.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nantes trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Tours to Nantes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Nantes sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes

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Rennes

Rennes ©
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get your game on at Virtual Room Rennes, then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Rennes, then ponder the world of politics at Parlement de Bretagne, and finally walk around Parc du Thabor.

Plan a trip to Rennes easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Nantes to Rennes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Rennes sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Rennes

Fun & Games Parks
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Virtual Room Rennes ©
Virtual Room Rennes
Parc du Thabor ©
Parc du Thabor
Parlement de Bretagne ©
Parlement de Bretagne

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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.
On the 5th (Thu), head off the coast to Île de la Cité, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Rennes to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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Reims

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): ponder the design of Fontaine Sube, admire the striking features of Basilique Saint-Remi, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Reims sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Paris to Reims in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Reims. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Metz.

Things to do in Reims

Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Basilique Saint-Remi ©
Basilique Saint-Remi
Fontaine Sube ©
Fontaine Sube

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night
Metz

Metz
Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): meet the residents at Zoo d'Amnéville, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then admire the landmark architecture of Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Œuvre de la cathédrale.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Metz trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Reims to Metz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Reims in March, expect nights in Metz to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Nancy.

Things to do in Metz

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Zoo d'Amnéville
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Œuvre de la cathédrale
Œuvre de la cathédrale
Turkish Baths

1
night
Nancy

Nancy ©
Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the striking features of Hotel de Ville, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Museum-Aquarium de Nancy, and finally don't miss a visit to Place Stanislas.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nancy trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Metz to Nancy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Nancy can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Nancy

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy
Place Stanislas ©
Place Stanislas
Museum-Aquarium de Nancy ©
Museum-Aquarium de Nancy

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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.
On the 10th (Tue), make a trip to Barrage Vauban, then wander the streets of La Petite France, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg vacation builder site .

You can take a train from Nancy to Strasbourg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Barrage Vauban ©
Barrage Vauban

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Colmar

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 11th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Old Town, then make a trip to Statue of Liberty, and then make a trip to Vieille Ville.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colmar trip itinerary builder .

Colmar is very close to Strasbourg. In March, daily temperatures in Colmar can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Statue of Liberty ©
Statue of Liberty

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get your game on at DreamAway Lyon, then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planner .

You can take a train from Colmar to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Colmar in March since evenings lows in Lyon dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Nice to Cannes to see La Croisette about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To plan Nice vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Eglise St Pierre & Paul, La Croisette
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): wander the streets of The Panier, then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip builder tool .

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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The Panier ©
The Panier
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

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Avignon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms, and finally get your game on at RS ONE Simulations Salle de Jeux en Realite Virtuelle.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Avignon trip builder site .

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Montpellier.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Rocher des Doms ©
Rocher des Doms

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Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): meet the residents at Planet Ocean Montpellier, take a stroll through Place de la Comedie, then get your game on at Virtual Center, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Montpellier trip planner .

Take a train from Avignon to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Montpellier can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Montpellier

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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Planet Ocean Montpellier ©
Planet Ocean Montpellier
Musee Fabre ©
Musee Fabre
Virtual Center ©
Virtual Center

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Place du Capitole, get curious at Cite de l'espace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Toulouse travel planner.

You can take a train from Montpellier to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. You will leave for home on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Carcassonne
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Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin

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