37 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Montpellier
— 3 nights
Train
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Lyon
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
Fly
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Fontainebleau
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Strasbourg — 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Carriere du Barrois (in Freyming-Merlebach), Place Stanislas (in Nancy) and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, identify plant and animal life at Petite Camargue Alsacienne, stop by La Petite France, and see what you can catch with Mathieu Romain Moniteur - Guide De Peche.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Strasbourg day trip tool.

New Delhi, India to Strasbourg is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from New Delhi to Strasbourg, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect nights in Strasbourg to be little chillier, around 0°C, while days are much colder, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can fly to Nice.
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Nice — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Eglise de Biot (in Biot), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Marché provençal (in Antibes). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Lérins Islands, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nice attractions tool.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Strasbourg in January, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 4 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Hyeres: La Plongee aux Issambres (in Les Issambres), La Croix-Valmer (Chateau de Chausse & Le Cap Lardier) and Galerie Regard (in Sainte-Maxime). And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Sentier Sous Marin, stop by Le Moulin de l'Esquirol, trek along Sentier Littoral, and learn about winemaking at Domaine de la Sangliere.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hyeres travel planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Hyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Arles.
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Arles — 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet), Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone (Fishing Charters & Tours & Plage Napoleon). Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Camargue Alpilles Safaris, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, and contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Arles trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hyeres to Arles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hyeres in January: highs in Arles hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Montpellier.
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Montpellier — 3 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montpellier: DromaSud (in Balaruc-le-Vieux), La Pointe du Cap-d'Agde (in Cap-d'Agde) and Source du Frejo (in Olargues). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Maison de la Nature, get some jogging in at Bois de Montmaur, discover the deep blue sea with Mplongee, and do a tasting at Domaine Puech Merle.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Montpellier trip builder site.

Getting from Arles to Montpellier by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In January, daytime highs in Montpellier are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.
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Lyon — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble), Ballalama (in Reaumont) and Col du Beal (in Saint-Pierre-la-Bourlhonne). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors, make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and look for gifts at Vercors Cuir.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon day trip website.

Take a train from Montpellier to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Montpellier in January, expect nights in Lyon to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Zaro A Velo (in Andernos-les-Bains) and Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich). There's much more to do: stroll around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), don't miss a visit to Place du Parlement, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux vacation maker tool.

Getting from Lyon to Bordeaux by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. January in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly to Fontainebleau.
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Fontainebleau — 2 nights

Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to A New Delhi, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, and then stop by Pimentine. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum National des Barres, admire the striking features of Chateau de Fontainebleau, and then get interesting insight from Evasion Canine.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Fontainebleau route planner.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Fontainebleau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Bordeaux, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fontainebleau, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 7 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 out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & La Galerie des Batailles). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Le Marais, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Fontainebleau to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch 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.
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