26 days in France Itinerary

26 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Morzine
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 9 nights
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Paris

— 5 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Paris online trip itinerary builder.

Hyderabad, India to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 4.5 hours. Traveling from Hyderabad in January, things will get cooler in Paris: highs are around 8°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:

Rouen

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): trek along Chemin des Sources Bleues, then make a trip to Vieux Rouen, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then don't miss a visit to Rue Saint-Romain, and then slough off your stress at Erawan Spa.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen day trip app.

Drive from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Rouen sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Rouen

Baths · Spas · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:

Lyon

— 3 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: Grenoble (Musee Dauphinois, Musee de Grenoble, &more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lyon day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Rouen to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Morzine.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:

Morzine

— 3 nights
Morzine is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Morzine: Chalet O Massage (in Saint-Andre-de-Boege) and Xtreme Glisses (in Samoens). And it doesn't end there: learn and have fun at Ski With Ease, fly down the slopes at Pop Snowboarding, tour along fresh powder with Easy 2 Ride Ski and Snowboard Academy, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Billski Ski School.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Morzine travel planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Morzine in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Lyon in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Morzine, with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Morzine

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Marseille

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then wander the streets of The Panier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

Discover how to plan a Marseille trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Morzine to Marseille by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Morzine in February, expect Marseille to be a bit warmer, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Spas · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

Nice

— 9 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Le Suquet & Lérins Islands), Promenade Le Corbusier (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin) and Les Jardins Bioves (in Menton). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in February, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 13:

France travel guide

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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.