16 days in France & Lisbon Itinerary

16 days in France & Lisbon Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Colmar, France
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Paris, France — 4 nights

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.
Fontaine de la Vierge has been added to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Paris Plage and Fontaine Saint-Sulpice. Step off the beaten path and head to Pont-Neuf and Berthillon. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Hotel de Ville, examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah, and take a stroll through Quartier Montparnasse.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris day trip tool.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in July, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 1 night

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 2nd (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Parc du Champs de Mars and then examine the collection at Parc Attractions Haut Rhin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Base Nautique Colmar-Hussein, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, then stop by La Maison du Savon de Marseille, and finally trek along Route des Vins d'Alsace.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colmar road trip tool.

Getting from Paris to Colmar by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Colmar are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can fly to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France — 6 nights

Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Get outdoors at Safari Le Gitan and Domaine de la Palissade. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plage de Beauduc and Le Palomino. Explore Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer's surroundings by going to Domaine de Sylvereal (in Vauvert), Fos-Sur-Mer (Plage du Cavaou & Chateau de L'Hauture) and Sentiers de Decouverte la Palissade (in Salin de Giraud). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve du Petit Rhone, relax in the rural setting at Maison du Cheval - Camargue Association, make a trip to Abbatiale de Saint Gilles, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Colmar to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colmar in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Bring the kids along to Speed Boats Tours and Praia da Poca. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pavilhao do Conhecimento and Jardim Da Estrela. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Praia da Rainha (in Cascais), Parque dos Poetas (in Oeiras) and Praia de Carcavelos (in Carcavelos). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Parque da Paz and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon holiday maker.

Getting from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Art Museums
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.
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