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Paris — 9 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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Visit Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Montmartre for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

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New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Paris is 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Paris when traveling from New York City in January, with lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) 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.
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Petite France and Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain. When in Strasbourg, make a side trip to see Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile in Ottrott, approximately Ottrott away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum, look for gifts at Kerber Cadeaux, and admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Strasbourg.

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Getting from Paris to Strasbourg by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In January in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colmar.
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Colmar — 3 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf and Musée d'Unterlinden. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and Little Venice. Go for a jaunt from Colmar to Mulhouse to see Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, don't miss a visit to Old Town, learn about winemaking at Cave Bruno HERTZ, and explore the world behind art at The Village of Hansi and his Museum.

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Getting from Strasbourg to Colmar by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Colmar are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon — 4 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.
Colline de Fourviere and Vieux Lyon will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee de Grenoble and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Dauphinois (in Grenoble), Cave Chateau Chenas (in Chenas) and Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu (in Beaune). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, look for gifts at La boutique de Mathilde, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Fly from Colmar to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Lyon, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the flight 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.