14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France attractions planner

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Biarritz
— 1 night
Fly
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Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 1 night
Fly
5
Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 2 nights
Drive
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Versailles
— 1 night
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Biarritz

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, kick back and relax at Plage d'Hendaye, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Cote des Basques, meet the residents at Aquarium de Biarritz, then get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, and finally gain insight at Cite de l'Ocean. Here are some ideas for day two: try for a hole-in-one at Baby Golf, take in the waterfront at Promenade Jacques Thibaud, take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Observatoire Abbadia, then don't miss a visit to Phare de Biarritz, and finally take an in-depth tour of Villa Arnaga.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Biarritz online attractions planner.

Paris to Biarritz is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in December: high temperatures in Biarritz hover around 16°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Aix-en-Provence

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and then explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, stop by The Panier, then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence holiday maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Biarritz to Aix-en-Provence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Cannes

— 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue d'Antibes and then delve into the lush surroundings at Lérins Islands. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Suquet, wander the streets of La Croisette, get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso, then see the interesting displays at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, and finally try your luck at Casino Barriere Le Croisette.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cannes journey app.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Cannes are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Nice

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Place Massena, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then stop by Vieille Ville, and finally see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nice trip tool.

You can drive from Cannes to Nice in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Lyon

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and finally examine the collection at Musee des Confluences. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, don't miss a visit to Place des Terreaux, then don't miss a visit to Mur des Canuts, and finally stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

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You can fly from Nice to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, expect Lyon to be a bit cooler, temps between 9°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Strasbourg

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, wander the streets of La Petite France, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, then take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Place Gutenberg, don't miss a visit to Gare de Strasbourg, stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie, then get a sense of history and politics at European Parliament Strasbourg, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at La Volerie des Aigles.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip planning tool.

You can fly from Lyon to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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.
On the 13th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paris trip site.

Traveling by train from Strasbourg to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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Versailles

— 1 night

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, step into the grandiose world of The Trianons & The Hamlet, then make a trip to The Hall of Mirrors, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palace of Versailles.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Versailles online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Versailles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Versailles, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites
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France travel guide

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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.