16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
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Nantes
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Nice

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Palais Lascaris are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu, get outside with Promenade du Paillon, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nice day trip app.

Stockholm, Sweden to Nice is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Stockholm in June, with highs in Nice at 28°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nantes

— 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and Chateau de Serrant. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Tiffauges and Chateau de Clisson. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Maillezais (Embarcadere de l'Abbaye & Abbaye de Maillezais), Eglise Saint Vincent (in Brissac-Quince) and Carmel of Lucon (in Lucon). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers, steep yourself in history at Porte Saint-Pierre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, and examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Nantes sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Nice to Nantes in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Nantes when traveling from Nice in June, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Andre Cathedral and Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux. Get some historical perspective at Chateau Pape Clement and La Fleche Saint-Michel. The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get your game on at Virtual Room Bordeaux, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Public, and don't miss a visit to Porte Cailhau.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux trip planning website.

Getting from Nantes to Bordeaux by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Tours · Fun & Games · Wineries

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Colline de Fourviere and Chateau de Cormatin. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste and Eglise de Saint Albain. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Abbaye Saint-Philibert (in Tournus) and Eglise Saint-Gervais et Saint-Protais (in Ozenay). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Lyon, wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, and admire the local landmark of La Place des Jacobins.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon online road trip planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to Lyon by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Tours · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trips

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.