12 days in France & Athens Itinerary

12 days in France & Athens Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Bus to Geneva, Fly to Athens
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): visit Île de la Cité, then walk around Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Paris online trip builder.

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Paris. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Paris at 64°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Lyon, France

— 3 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 museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Lyon day trip planning tool.

Getting from Paris to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
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Annecy, France

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Step out of Annecy to go to Neydens and see Vitam, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Annecy, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile, and take in the awesome beauty at Mont Saleve.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Annecy trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Lyon to Annecy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Annecy are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Annecy

Nature · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, explore the world behind art at Greek Folk Art Museum (Museo Ellinikis Laikis Technis), and wander the streets of Plaka.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Athens tour itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Annecy to Athens takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, Athens is a bit warmer than Annecy - with highs of 77°F and lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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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.