14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route planner

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Biarritz
— 1 night
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Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 1 night
Fly
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 2 nights
Drive
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Versailles
— 1 night
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Biarritz

— 1 night
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
On the 3rd (Fri), appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Hendaye, enjoy the sand and surf at La Cote des Basques, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium de Biarritz, then get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, and finally deepen your understanding at Cite de l'Ocean. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): try for a hole-in-one at Baby Golf, take a leisurely stroll along Promenade Jacques Thibaud, take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Observatoire Abbadia, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Biarritz, and finally get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Biarritz road trip tool.

Paris to Biarritz is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Biarritz: highs are around 16°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

Aix-en-Provence

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and then explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, visit Cours Mirabeau, then stop by The Panier, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Biarritz to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Aix-en-Provence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

Cannes

— 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes and then delve into the lush surroundings at Lérins Islands. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Le Suquet, wander the streets of La Croisette, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, and finally try to win big at Casino Barriere Le Croisette.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cannes trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Cannes, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

Nice

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): make a trip to Place Massena, then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, and finally examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nice vacation builder site.

You can drive from Cannes to Nice in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

Lyon

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Confluences. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then don't miss a visit to Place des Terreaux, then make a trip to Mur des Canuts, and finally stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon online tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Nice to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nice in December, with highs in Lyon at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, take a stroll through La Petite France, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, then take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Place Gutenberg, make a trip to Gare de Strasbourg, walk around Parc de l'Orangerie, then ponder the world of politics at European Parliament Strasbourg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, and finally stroll through La Volerie des Aigles.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg road trip site.

You can fly from Lyon to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Paris

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and finally admire the striking features of Louvre Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Strasbourg to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Versailles

— 1 night

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 16th (Thu), ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, then admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet, then admire the striking features of The Hall of Mirrors, and finally admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Versailles road trip website.

Traveling by car from Paris to Versailles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Versailles, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

France travel guide

4.3
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.