14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route maker

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Nice
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montpellier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Toulouse
— 2 nights
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Nantes
— 2 nights
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Lille
— 1 day
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Nice

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marineland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Les Petites Porcelaines and then step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nice visit planner.

Athens, Greece to Nice is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Nice. Traveling from Athens in June, you will find days in Nice are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Marseille

— 2 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 19th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere de la Treille. On your second day here, visit The Panier, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Nice in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Montpellier

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): wander the streets of Place de la Comedie, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Planet Ocean Montpellier, then meet the residents at Parc Zoologique Henri de Lunaret, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Montpellier trip site.

Getting from Marseille to Montpellier by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Montpellier can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Toulouse

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Le Capitole, steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): get curious at Cite de l'espace and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse sightseeing planner.

Getting from Montpellier to Toulouse by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Nantes

— 2 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 25th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then admire the local landmark of Le Miroir d'Eau, then see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Planete Sauvage, and then see the interesting displays at Memorial de l'Abolition de l'Esclavage.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nantes online route maker.

You can fly from Toulouse to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Toulouse in June: high temperatures in Nantes hover around 27°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Lille.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lille

— 1 day

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): wander the streets of Vieux-Lille, contemplate the long history of Old Stock Exchange, then admire the striking features of Chambre de Commerce, then make a trip to Grande Place, and finally get to know the resident critters at Lille Zoo.

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Traveling by flight from Nantes to Lille takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Nantes in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lille: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Paris

— 3 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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, and don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Lille to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. June in Paris sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

France travel guide

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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.