17 days in France, Rothenburg ob der Tauber & Heidelberg Itinerary

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Heidelberg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Reims, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Honfleur, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Malo, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany — 2 nights

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): make a trip to Klingentor and then admire the landmark architecture of Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrts Weihnachtsdorf, steep yourself in history at Market Square, then stop by Altstadt, then make a trip to Das Plonlein, and finally steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rothenburg ob der Tauber trip itinerary planning app.

Singapore, Singapore to Rothenburg ob der Tauber is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Singapore to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Heidelberg.
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Heidelberg, Germany — 3 nights

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Heidelberg: Wurzburg (St. Kilian Cathedral, Würzburg Residence, &more), Baden-Baden (Eglise Russe, Museum Frieder Burda, &more) and Rothenburg (Alt-Rothenburger Handwerkerhaus, Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), &more). There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg.

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

Getting from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Heidelberg by car takes about 2 hours. December in Heidelberg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, then stop by Feerie de Noel, then step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally steep yourself in history at Vieille ville d'Eguisheim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): take a stroll through La Petite France, then see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Strasbourg travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Heidelberg to Strasbourg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Reims.
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Reims, France — 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll around Block Race, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Tau, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, and finally see the interesting displays at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Reims online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Strasbourg to Reims takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Reims are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Honfleur.
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Honfleur, France — 1 night

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Arbor et Sens, kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, then steep yourself in history at Eglise Saint-Leonard, and finally stop by Loho Le Local Shop.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Honfleur itinerary planner.

Getting from Reims to Honfleur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, and then don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Honfleur to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Honfleur in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo, France — 1 night

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
On the 22nd (Fri), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, then stop by Patisserie Chocolaterie Philippe BOUVIER, and finally make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo trip planning website.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Malo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Saint-Malo to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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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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