25 days in France Itinerary

25 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

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Metz
— 1 night
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Lille
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 8 nights
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Metz

— 1 night

City of Light

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 28th (Sat): admire the striking features of Corps de Garde de Metz, then make a trip to Place Stanislas, then get outside with Plan d'Eau de Metz, and finally soak in style at Turkish baths. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Œuvre de la cathédrale, get to know the fascinating history of Quartier Imperial, then admire the striking features of Maison des Corporations, then admire the striking features of Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Segolene.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Metz road trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Metz. In March, daytime highs in Metz are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lille.

Things to do in Metz

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

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Lille

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lille: Australian National Memorial (in Fouilloy), Calais Wine Superstore (in Calais) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens (in Amiens). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at VirtualRoom, contemplate the long history of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, shop like a local with Vieux-Lille, and join in the after-dark buzz at Le Waf.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lille trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Metz to Lille in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 2:

Paris

— 7 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.
Change things up with a short trip to The Trianons & The Hamlet in Versailles (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris day trip app.

You can take a train from Lille to Paris in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Lyon

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Lake Annecy (in Annecy) and Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble). The adventure continues: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, stop by Les Bonbons de Julien, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lyon trip app.

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Lyon sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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Marseille

— 8 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Cassis (Calanque de Port-Miou, Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, &more), Domaine Sainte Marie (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Grimaud (La Mene, Eglise St Michel, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and see the interesting displays at Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille online journey builder.

Getting from Lyon to Marseille by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 21:

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.