18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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18 days in France Itinerary

Start: Genoa
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Montpellier
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Paris
— 8 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

3
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Lérins Islands and St Paul de Vence are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castel Plage and Place Garibaldi. There's more to do: make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip builder.

Genoa, Italy to Nice is an approximately 2.5-hour car. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lérins Islands, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Place Garibaldi ©
Place Garibaldi

2
nights
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"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 13th (Mon): kick back and relax at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer beach. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Domaine de l'Arjolle, look for gifts at Le Wine Shop, then stop by Bonbon Factory, and finally explore the world behind art at Musée Fabre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Montpellier trip builder.

Traveling by car from Nice to Montpellier takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Nice in February, Montpellier is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Le Wine Shop, Bonbon Factory, Domaine de l'Arjolle, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach
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Domaine de l'Arjolle ©
Domaine de l'Arjolle
Musee Fabre ©
Musee Fabre
Bonbon Factory ©
Bonbon Factory

3
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
Let the collections at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Musée Miniature et Cinéma capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cite medievale and Fourviere Hill. Go for a jaunt from Lyon to Macon to see Rock of Solutre about 1:20 hours away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, get a taste of the local shopping with Place Bellecour, and stop by Secrets d'Apiculteur.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lyon online itinerary creator.

You can take a train from Montpellier to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Montpellier in February, you will find days in Lyon are little chillier (9°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

La Roche de Solutre, Cite medievale de Perouges
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Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema

8
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Eiffel Tower has been added to your itinerary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palace of Versailles and Chartres Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to River Seine and Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau). Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres (in Ingrannes), Le Bois des Aigles (in Balines) and Spas & Wellness (in Evreux). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip builder.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Le Bois des Aigles, Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères, Palace of Versailles, Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau), Chartres Cathedral
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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