18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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Strasbourg
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Strasbourg — 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 13th (Tue), take a stroll through La Petite France, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, make a trip to Barrage Vauban, then admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Strasbourg, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Place Kleber.

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London, UK to Strasbourg is an approximately 6-hour train ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Traveling from London to Strasbourg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
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Nice — 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Vieux Port & Lérins Islands). There's lots more to do: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Place Massena, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Nice online visit planner.

You can fly from Strasbourg to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Strasbourg in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez — 2 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. On the 18th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ponche Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne, and finally take in the waterfront activity at St. Tropez Harbor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grimaud, visit Port Grimaud, then admire the striking features of Church St Francis of Assisi, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema.

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Drive from Nice to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Nice in September, expect little chillier with lows of 16°C in Saint-Tropez. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille — 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, stop by Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, stop by The Panier, and head off the coast to Chateau d'If.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. September in Marseille sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, take in the views from Pont de Pierre, and then admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Paris — 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Versailles (L'Orangerie & Palace of Versailles). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris travel planning website.

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Bordeaux in September, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the train back home.
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France travel guide

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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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