22 days in France & Germany Itinerary

22 days in France & Germany Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Biarritz, France
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Emilion, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Colmar, France
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along English Garden, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, admire the striking features of Frauenkirche, and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Munich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Munich, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Munich is somewhat warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Berlin trip planner.

Getting from Munich to Berlin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Biarritz, France

— 2 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): make a trip to La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for gifts at L'Atelier du Piment, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Sentier du Littoral, take in the waterfront at Promenade Jacques Thibaud, and then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau Observatoire Abbadia.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Biarritz day trip planning site.

You can fly from Berlin to Biarritz in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Biarritz can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 1 night

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.
On the 28th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Place Parlement, then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and finally get outside with Libr'et'sens.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux online road trip planner.

You can drive from Biarritz to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Saint-Emilion, France

— 3 nights

Gem of the Dordogne Valley

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Emilion: Bergerac Wine Tours (in Eymet), Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux) and Chateau de Bridoire (in Ribagnac). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac, relax in the rural setting at La Ferme a Roulettes, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Monbazillac.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Emilion trip maker app.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Saint-Emilion in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel day trip planning website.

You can drive from Saint-Emilion to Mont-Saint-Michel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. In July, Mont-Saint-Michel is little chillier than Saint-Emilion - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Tours · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Bayeux, France

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Dames, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bayeux day trip planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Bayeux are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 4 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: Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris travel route planning site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Paris, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Colmar.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Colmar, France

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs, then do a tasting at Vins d'Alsace Antoine Ehrhart, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, and finally head outdoors with Route des Vins.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colmar trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Colmar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Colmar sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colmar

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.