16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Versailles
— 1 day
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Tours
— 2 nights
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Dijon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Paris — 3 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.
On the 10th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, examine the collection at Musee des Arts Forains, then don't miss a visit to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Atelier des Lumieres, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, don't miss a visit to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, then explore the world behind art at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, and finally take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Fort Smith, USA to Paris is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Smith in October: high temperatures in Paris hover around 62°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Versailles.
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Versailles — 1 day

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles, make a trip to Académie Équestre de Versailles, admire the striking features of Le Grand Trianon, then admire the striking features of The Trianons & The Hamlet, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at L'Orangerie.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Versailles road trip app.

Drive from Paris to Versailles in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tours.
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Tours — 2 nights

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 13th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Hotel Gouin, learn about winemaking at Domaine Allias, then learn about winemaking at Domaine du Clos de l'Epinay, and finally learn about winemaking at Maison Laudacius - Cave De Montlouis-Dur-Loire.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tours trip planner.

You can take a train from Versailles to Tours in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dijon.
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Dijon — 2 nights

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): do a tasting at Les Caves de l'Abbaye, learn about winemaking at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, and then explore the world behind art at Musee de Nuits Saint-Georges. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): examine the collection at Mulot & Petitjean, then explore the activities along Lac Kir, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Corton C., and finally do a tasting at Boursot Pere & Fils.

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Drive from Tours to Dijon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Dijon are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lyon.
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Lyon — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, then take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the local landmark of La Place des Jacobins, then wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, then don't miss a visit to Fresque des Lyonnais, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lyon sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Dijon to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nice.
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Nice — 2 nights

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 discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice and La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs and Old Harbor (La Darse). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Ville medieval (in Vence) and Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 58°F in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 nights

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 21st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, examine the collection at Centre de la Vieille Charite, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Foreign Legion, and finally see the interesting displays at Le Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol. On your second day here, examine the collection at Musee de l'Aviation and then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille online trip maker.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel 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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