15 days in France & Germany Itinerary

15 days in France & Germany Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Freiberg, Germany
— 1 night
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Paris, France
— 2 nights


Paris, France — 4 nights

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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Paris is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Riyadh in June: high temperatures in Paris hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Strasbourg.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Strasbourg, France — 3 nights

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Nancy (Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy & Place Stanislas). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz, examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg.

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You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In June in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Freiberg.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries
Side Trips

Freiberg, Germany — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Silberbergwerk Freiberg, learn more about the world around you at Terra Mineralia, and then see human ingenuity at work at Talsperre Klingenberg.

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You can drive from Strasbourg to Freiberg in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Strasbourg in June: highs in Freiberg hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Munich.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks
Side Trip

Munich, Germany — 4 nights

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 sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace.

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Traveling by car from Freiberg to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In June, daytime highs in Munich are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Paris, France — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, wander the streets of Montmartre, and then admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

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Fly from Munich to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Germany travel guide

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.