25 days in France Itinerary

25 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Taxi to Dol De Bretagne, Train to Paris
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Paris
— 6 nights
Train
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Nancy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg
— 5 nights
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Nice

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nice online tour itinerary planner.

Doha, Qatar to Nice is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Doha to Nice, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Doha in December; daily highs in Nice reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:

Marseille

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take a stroll through The Panier, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Marseille driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Marseille, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Grenoble (Musee Dauphinois, Musee de Grenoble, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, get in on the family fun at AviaSim Lyon, and stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Lyon road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in January, expect nights in Lyon to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 9th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel vacation builder tool.

You can fly from Lyon to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. January in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Paris

— 6 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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Nancy.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 15:

Nancy

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
On the 16th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, and then make a trip to Place Stanislas. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Quartier Imperial, admire the striking features of Œuvre de la cathédrale, and then admire the landmark architecture of Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz.

Make your Nancy itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a train from Paris to Nancy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nancy are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Nancy

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

Strasbourg

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Vin d'Alsace HORCHER (in Mittelwihr), Colmar (Little Venice & Old Town) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, take a stroll through La Petite France, stop by La Petite Manufacture des Reves, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg.

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Getting from Nancy to Strasbourg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.