17 days in France & Germany Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Meribel, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chamonix, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
Fly
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Paris, France — 3 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.
Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Montmartre and Île de la Cité will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Meribel.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Meribel, France — 2 nights

On the 12th (Thu), stroll through La Piste des Animaux, take a spin around town with LaTraceVerte - Meribel MTB, fly down the slopes at Elements Park, then fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest, and finally stroll through Snowdlight Ski School. On your second day here, see the winter wonderland with Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Tania.

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Take a train from Paris to Meribel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In January in Meribel, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Chamonix.
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Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours
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Chamonix, France — 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 14th (Sat), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then hit the slopes at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, and finally hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamonix day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Meribel to Chamonix in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature
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Nice, France — 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and La Croisette. Visiting Juan les Pins Main Beach and Parc du Mont Boron will get you outdoors. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Plage des Ondes in Cap d'Antibes, about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Eze Sur Mer Strand, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nice travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 3 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Alte Pinakothek and Deutsches Museum. Popular historic sites such as Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, make a trip to Marienplatz, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Munich holiday planner.

Getting from Nice to Munich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in January, expect Munich to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Pergamonmuseum and Neues Museum. Get some historical perspective at East Side Gallery and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Berliner Dom.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin holiday planner.

You can fly from Munich to Berlin in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

4.3
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

4.5
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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