22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner

Make it your trip
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Paris

— 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planning tool.

Montreal, Canada to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In April, Paris is a bit warmer than Montreal - with highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lyon

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Beaune (Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu & Athenaeum), Meursault (JanotsBos & Hotel-de-Ville Meursault) and Annecy (Claude Louis Berthollet & Lake Annecy). There's still lots to do: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lyon trip builder website.

You can take a train from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Lyon are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Avignon

— 5 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Avignon road trip planner.

Take a train from Lyon to Avignon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Avignon sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Wineries

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stroll through Parc National des Calanques, then explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. On your second day here, wander the streets of The Panier, stroll around Le Palais de Justice, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nice

— 4 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.
Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · 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.