18 days in France, Frankfurt & Cologne Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Marne-la-Vallee, France
— 2 nights
Honfleur, France
— 2 nights
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
Saint-Malo, France
— 1 night
Drive to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Fly to Singapore


Frankfurt, Germany — 1 night


A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Hauptfriedhof and then explore the historical opulence of Holzhausenschlosschen. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Romer and then explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Frankfurt trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Frankfurt is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Frankfurt, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Frankfurt hover around 7°C and lows are around 1°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Cologne.
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Cologne, Germany — 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): examine the collection at Chocolate Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alt St. Alban.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cologne trip planner.

Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Cologne, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Strasbourg.
Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
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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.
On the 15th (Fri), look for gifts at Cave Barabos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Sainte-Marguerite, then don't miss a visit to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg. On your second day here, take a stroll through La Petite France, see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Strasbourg.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Strasbourg driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Strasbourg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Le Marais, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Paris online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marne-la-Vallee.
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Marne-la-Vallee, France — 2 nights

As a "new town" best known for its Euro Disney Park and resorts, Marne-la-Vallée is a modern family resort town.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Paris. Here are some ideas for day two: make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney Studios Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Marne-la-Vallee trip planner.

Marne-la-Vallee is very close to Paris. In December, daily temperatures in Marne-la-Vallee can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Honfleur.
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Honfleur, France — 2 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
On the 23rd (Sat), stop by Loho Le Local Shop, take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, then don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, and finally shop like a local with Artiane Gallery. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

Plan trip to Honfleur with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Marne-la-Vallee to Honfleur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 25th (Mon), admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and then make a trip to Tour du Nord. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, don't miss a visit to Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and then make a trip to La Porte du Roy.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel online road trip planner.

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. While traveling from Honfleur, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Monument a Jacques Cartier and then take a leisurely stroll along Digue de Rochebonne.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo trip planner.

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, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
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France travel guide

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.