43 days in France Itinerary

43 days in France Itinerary

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Reims
— 4 nights
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Metz
— 4 nights
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Strasbourg
— 1 night
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Mulhouse
— 7 nights
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Dijon
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Beziers
— 5 nights
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Toulouse
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Paris
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Reims — 4 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reims: Epernay (Mercier & Moet et Chandon), Champagne Mandois (in Pierry) and Arras (Grand Place & Carriere Wellington). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, and do a tasting at Champagne Taittinger.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Reims tour itinerary planner.

Paris to Reims is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Reims can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Metz.
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Metz — 4 nights

City of Light

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Get out of town with these interesting Metz side-trips: Nancy (Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy, Place Stanislas, &more). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, look for gifts at Fabrice Dumay, soak in style at Turkish baths, and don't miss a visit to Gare de Metz-Ville.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Metz trip maker site.

Drive from Reims to Metz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Reims in December, you will find days in Metz are slightly colder (5°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg — 1 night

Crossroads of Europe

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.
For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Strasbourg visit planner.

You can drive from Metz to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. You will leave for Mulhouse on the 19th (Mon).
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Mulhouse — 7 nights

An industrial town nicknamed "the French Manchester," Mulhouse is famous for its Peugeot factory, esteemed museums, Alsace wine, and cultural riches.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mulhouse: Eguisheim (Saint-Leon Fountain & Vieille ville d'Eguisheim), Vin d'Alsace HORCHER (in Mittelwihr) and Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Little Venice, examine the collection at Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf, admire the landmark architecture of Maison Pfister, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville de Turckheim.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mulhouse trip tool.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Mulhouse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Mulhouse are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Dijon.
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Dijon — 2 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dijon: Citadel of Besançon (in Besancon), Chateau de Pommard (in Pommard) and Beaune (La Cave de l'Ange Gardien & Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Place de la Liberation, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, steep yourself in history at Maison Milliere, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dijon trip planner.

You can take a train from Mulhouse to Dijon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lyon.
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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.
Lyon is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lyon road trip site.

Drive from Dijon to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Avignon.
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Avignon — 6 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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Marseille (Le Vieux Port, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, step off the mainland to explore Ile De La Barthelasse, explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Avignon vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Avignon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Avignon sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Beziers.
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Beziers — 5 nights

Béziers is a town in Languedoc in southern France. Get out of town with these interesting Beziers side-trips: Les Halles de Narbonne (in Narbonne), Cirque de Navacelles (in Saint-Maurice-Navacelles) and Perpignan (Room Escape Games & Castillet). There's much more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at La Gorge Fraiche, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St Christol, browse the different shops at Polygone Beziers, and get great views at Mont St-Clair.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Beziers trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Beziers takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Beziers are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Toulouse.
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Toulouse — 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Le Capitole, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Toulouse online itinerary planner.

Getting from Beziers to Toulouse by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 2 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.
Bordeaux is known for sightseeing, fun & games, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, shop like a local with Promenade Sainte Catherine, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, and take in the views from Pont de Pierre.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bordeaux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.
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Paris — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. On the next day, wander the streets of Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip site.

Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Bordeaux in January, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (8°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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