20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Strasbourg
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Cannes
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Montmartre, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Paris. Traveling from Mumbai in November, expect Paris to be much colder, temps between 12°C and 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Strasbourg.
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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 Colmar (Little Venice & Old Town), Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster (in Ebersmunster) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz, wander the streets of La Petite France, and admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Strasbourg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In November in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.
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Lyon — 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Grenoble (Musee Dauphinois, Musee de Grenoble, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon planning app.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cannes.
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Cannes — 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannes: Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze (in Eze) and Nice (Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, Old Town, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso, get a taste of the local shopping with Rue d'Antibes, don't miss a visit to La Croisette, and enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cannes road trip planning site.

Getting from Lyon to Cannes by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, Cannes is a bit warmer than Lyon - with highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take a stroll through The Panier, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille road trip app.

Drive from Cannes to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Marseille, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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