29 days in France & Finland Itinerary

29 days in France & Finland Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 7 nights
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Marseille, France
— 6 nights
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Lyon, France
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
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Nice, France — 7 nights

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 some historical perspective at Vieille Ville and Église Saint Veran. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lérins Islands and Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Solar Boat (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Capitaine Plaisance (in Agay). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Massif du Tanneron, cast your line with aliceBoat, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Orthodoxe Saint Nicolas et Sainte Alexandra, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Peace Abbey.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice journey tool.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Nice is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Nice, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in February, expect Nice to be cooler, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 6 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cours Mirabeau and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Popular historic sites such as Palais des Papes and Chateau d'If are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Domaine CROIX ROUSSE (in Puget-Ville), Sentier Jean Francois Jube (in Le Pradet) and Bandol (Sentier Littoral, Foret de Roustagnon, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, head outdoors with Cape Canaille, pause for some serene contemplation at La Collegiale Saint Paul, and trek along Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 4 nights

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.
Visit Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Vieux Lyon for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Station Autrans-Meaudre en Vercors and Parc d'Activites de Montagne de Praboure. Step out of Lyon with an excursion to Speed Luge Vercors in Autrans--about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere and walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Marseille, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lyon, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 7 nights

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.
Visiting Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paris sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. March in Paris sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Helsinki.
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Helsinki, Finland — 1 night

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
On the 18th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, then expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally stroll around The Esplanadi Park. Keep things going the next day: walk around Nuuksio National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Paris to Helsinki in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in March, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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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Finland travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."
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