24 days in France Itinerary

24 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 2 nights
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Cannes
— 12 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Toulouse
— 1 night

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Paris

— 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paris tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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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 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Institut & Musee Lumiere, then find something for the whole family at AviaSim Lyon, then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Lyon, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks
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Nice

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at Musee Matisse, examine the collection at Palais Lascaris, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, then contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, then make a trip to Place Massena, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice online route builder.

You can fly from Lyon to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in January, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 15°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites
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Cannes

— 12 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay), Tanneron (Forcerie Vial & Massif du Tanneron) and Rail Tours (in Menton). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Lérins Islands, examine the collection at Musee International de la Parfumerie, take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, and admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cannes holiday planner.

Drive from Nice to Cannes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cannes are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Granet. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille vacation builder tool.

Drive from Cannes to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Toulouse.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

Toulouse

— 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 23rd (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Toulouse trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Marseille to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night.

Things to do in Toulouse

Spas · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:

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.