23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Colmar
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Colmar
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly
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Albi
— 1 night
Fly
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nantes
— 4 nights
Fly
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Reims
— 4 nights
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Colmar — 3 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Get some historical perspective at Vieille ville d'Eguisheim and Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eglise St-Martin and Eglise Saint-Maurice. Get out of town with these interesting Colmar side-trips: Ancien camp de concentration de Natzweiler-Struthof (in Natzwiller), Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Eglise Protestante (in Mittelbergheim). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden, don't miss a visit to Old Town, look for gifts at Mn Cristal Creation, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nicolas.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Colmar road trip website.

Sydney, Australia to Colmar is an approximately 26.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Colmar. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Colmar to be much colder, temps between 9°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon — 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bochard Chocolatier and Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse. Do some cultural sightseeing at Théâtre gallo-romain and Musee de Grenoble. When in Lyon, make a side trip to see Room Escape Games in Grenoble, approximately Grenoble away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, and see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Colmar to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can fly 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.
Get some cultural insight at Palais Longchamp and Vieil Aix. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vallon des Auffes and Cours Mirabeau. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre (in Aix-en-Provence), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Les Baux de Provence (Musee des Santons & Chateau des Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, take a stroll through The Panier, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Marseille day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lyon in December; daily highs in Marseille reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Albi.
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Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Albi — 1 night

Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 25th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally pick up some local products at The Market Hall.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Albi trip website.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Albi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Marseille in December; daily highs in Albi reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Popular historic sites such as Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Notre Dame de Grace are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Omaha Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont), Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur) and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and witness the site of a historic battle at Maisy Battery.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Albi to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nantes.
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Nantes — 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Passage Pommeraye and Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rochefort-en-terre and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais), Old City Walls of Vannes (in Vannes) and Angers (Bd Passion Collection & Chateau d'Angers). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nantes online travel planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Reims.
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

Reims — 4 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Popular historic sites such as Œuvre de la cathédrale and Palais du Tau are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Basilique Saint-Remi and Maison de Jules Verne. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reims: Metz (Place Saint Jacques & Nicolas boucherie), Amiens (St-Leu & Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens) and Chapelle des Templiers (in Laon). There's more to do: do a tasting at Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Reims online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nantes to Reims in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nantes in January, expect little chillier with lows of 0°C in Reims. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly 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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