12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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Reims — 2 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Get out of town with these interesting Reims side-trips: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon (in Laon), Epernay (Moet et Chandon, Mercier, &more) and Musee de la Memoire de Belleau 1914-1918 (in Belleau). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, contemplate the long history of Basilique Saint-Remi, do a tasting at Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, and don't miss a visit to Palais du Tau.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Reims trip itinerary planning app.

Paris to Reims is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Reims when traveling from Paris in August, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums
Side Trips
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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.
Lyon is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, make a trip to Rue Saint-Jean, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Georges.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Reims to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Reims in August, things will get a bit warmer in Lyon: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Thollon-les-Memises.
Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:

Thollon-les-Memises — 5 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Thollon-les-Memises side-trips: Abbaye d'Aulps (in Saint Jean d'Aulps), Lac de Vallon (in Bellevaux) and La Chevrerie d'Antan (in Manigod).

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Thollon-les-Memises online day trip planner.

Drive from Lyon to Thollon-les-Memises in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 4th (Mon), you'll travel to Paris.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Paris — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris journey planner.

Traveling by car from Thollon-les-Memises to Paris takes 6.5 hours. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites
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France travel guide

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.