16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
Fly
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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 Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice and Promenade du Paillon. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez.

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Stockholm, Sweden to Nice is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. In June, Nice is somewhat warmer than Stockholm - with highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks

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 Embarcadere de l'Abbaye. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Carmel of Lucon (in Lucon), Abbaye de Maillezais (in Maillezais) and Chateau de Clisson (in Clisson). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Vincent, and examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes.

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You can fly from Nice to Nantes in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in June, Nantes is slightly colder at night with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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 Chateau Pape Clement. Get some historical perspective at La Fleche Saint-Michel and Prieure de Cayac. The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas, get your game on at Virtual Room Bordeaux, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Public.

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 · Wineries · Fun & Games

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 Fourviere Hill and Chateau de Cormatin. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste and Eglise Saint-Gervais et Saint-Protais. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Eglise de Saint Albain (in Saint-Albain) and Abbaye Saint-Philibert (in Tournus). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get your game on at SENSAS Lyon, take a stroll through The Presqu'ile, and ponder the design of Place des Jacobins.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lyon road trip planning site.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July in Lyon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.