17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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Strasbourg — 3 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.
Explore Strasbourg's surroundings by going to Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr), Kintzheim (La Montagne des Singes & La Volerie des Aigles) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and pause for some serene contemplation at Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip planner.

Paris to Strasbourg is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nancy.
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Nancy — 1 night

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stroll around Parc de la Pepiniere, make a trip to Place Stanislas, then make a trip to Hotel de Ville, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nancy road trip site.

Getting from Strasbourg to Nancy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Metz.
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Metz — 1 night

City of Light

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
On the 16th (Tue), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Œuvre de la cathédrale, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo d'Amnéville, and finally contemplate the long history of Templar's Chapel.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Metz planning site.

Getting from Nancy to Metz by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.
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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 17th (Wed): ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle de la Trinite. On the next day, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon road trip planning app.

Getting from Metz to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Metz in August: highs in Lyon hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Annecy.
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Annecy — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 19th (Fri), stop by La Cure Gourmande, explore the activities along Lake Annecy, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On your second day here, make a trip to La Vieille Ville, explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Fier, and then make a trip to Pont des Amours.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Annecy attractions site.

You can drive from Lyon to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in August, you will find days in Annecy are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Thonon-les-Bains.
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Thonon-les-Bains — 2 nights

Thonon-les-Bains is a town in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in eastern France. On the 21st (Sun), get interesting insight from Tours, explore the activities along Lac Leman, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Ripaille. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): ride with the locals on Funiculaire de Thonon-les-Bains, explore the striking landscape at Gorges du Pont du Diable, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Cinq Sens.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Thonon-les-Bains online trip maker.

Drive from Annecy to Thonon-les-Bains in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Thonon-les-Bains sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, visit Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris vacation planning site.

Take a train from Thonon-les-Bains to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel 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.