15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner
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— 5 nights
Train to Poitiers, Foot to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 6 nights


Paris — 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Paris and Arc de Triomphe. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paris trip builder site.

Phoenix, USA to Paris is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. While traveling from Phoenix, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 47°F to lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Futuroscope.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chasseneuil-du-Poitou sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then try out the rides at KOEZIO Lyon, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lyon vacation site.

You can fly from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Nice.
Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks
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Nice — 6 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.
Family-friendly places like Lérins Islands and Musee Picasso will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: 365 Fromages (in Valbonne), Marché provençal (in Antibes) and Vieux Port (in Cannes). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Nice trip planning website.

You can fly from Lyon to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, Nice is somewhat warmer than Lyon - with highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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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.