12 days in France & London Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Lyon, France
— 1 night
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night


London, United Kingdom — 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wallace Collection and Tower of London. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of London and The Courtauld Gallery. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, and learn about all things military at Imperial War Museum London.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the London trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to London is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Calgary to London. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in October: high temperatures in London hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee Marmottan Monet and Musee Nissim de Camondo. Visit Eiffel Tower and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse for their historical value. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, examine the collection at Musee des Arts Forains, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and make a trip to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planner.

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Paris are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) and Eglise St-Trophime will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Marseille to Le Puy-Sainte-Reparade to see Chateau La Coste en Provence about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Accoules, take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille day trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, Marseille is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 1 night

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.
On the 24th (Mon), examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, and finally don't miss a visit to Fresque des Lyonnais.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Lyon route planner.

Fly from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in October, things will get a bit cooler in Lyon: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can fly to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 1 night

The Square Mile

Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): grab your bike and head to BrakeAway Bike Tours, get engrossed in the history at Museum of London Docklands, then see the interesting displays at Cutty Sark, and finally don't miss a visit to Big Ben.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the London road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to London takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lyon to London due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.