16 days in France & Germany Itinerary

16 days in France & Germany Itinerary

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Train to Pierrelatte, Taxi to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, France
— 7 nights
Bus to Montelimar Gare Sncf, Train to Lyon
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Baden-Baden, Germany
— 3 nights
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Heidelberg, Germany
— 1 day
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, France — 7 nights

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Explore Vallon-Pont-d'Arc's surroundings by going to Eglise Saint-Roch (in Aigueze), La Bambouseraie en Cevennes (in Generargues) and Grotte de la Salamandre (in Mejannes-le-Clap). There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Base Canyon de la Besorgues, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, and see Offroad Aventure 07.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Vallon-Pont-d'Arc road trip app.

London, UK to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, things will get a bit warmer in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: highs are around 36°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lyon.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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Lyon, France — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Georges. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lyon road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in August, expect nights in Lyon to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 1 night

Crossroads of Europe

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. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg and then take a stroll through La Petite France.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Strasbourg holiday planner.

Fly from Lyon to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Baden-Baden.
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Baden-Baden, Germany — 3 nights

Belle Époque Europe's Summer Capital

Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the striking features of Pagodenburg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): don't miss a visit to MerkurBergbahn, then stroll around Lichtentaler Allee, then try your luck at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Frieder Burda.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Baden-Baden route maker tool.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Baden-Baden in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Baden-Baden, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Heidelberg.
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Heidelberg, Germany — 1 day

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Heidelberg, then see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum, then steep yourself in history at Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), and finally visit Altstadt (Old Town).

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Heidelberg sightseeing planner.

Drive from Baden-Baden to Heidelberg in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Heidelberg are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 2 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 21st (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Romer, take some stellar pictures from Main Tower, then explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum, then steep yourself in history at Goethe House, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt day trip site.

Traveling by car from Heidelberg to Frankfurt takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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Germany travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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