14 days in France & Germany Itinerary

14 days in France & Germany Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive to Düsseldorf Airport, Fly to Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport


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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paris visit planning website.

Kalamazoo, USA to Paris is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kalamazoo to Paris is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kalamazoo in May: highs in Paris hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 49°F. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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Nice, France

— 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Berlin road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Berlin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
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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 17th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Forstbotanischer Garten, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shrine of the Three Kings, then admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Hohenzollern Bridge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Cologne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Cologne sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Parks
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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.

Germany travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.