21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner
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Fly
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Paris
— 4 nights
Train
2
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Montpellier
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Nice
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Grenoble
— 4 nights
Fly
7
Strasbourg
— 2 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Visit Arc de Triomphe and Île de la Cité for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau) and Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and contemplate the long history of Chateau of Vincennes.

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San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Paris is 9 hours. June in Paris sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a train 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac, learn about winemaking at Chateau Laniote, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, then delve into the distant past at La Tour du Chateau du Roy, and finally do a tasting at Chateau Beaurang. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron, do a tasting at Chateau Paloumey, explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Taillan, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Pape Clement, then get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Aquitaine, and finally contemplate the long history of Port de la Lune.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. June in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Montpellier.
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Montpellier — 2 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Les Trains du Colorado, enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Carbonniere, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, and finally steep yourself in history at Aqueduct de Castries. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Place Jean Jaures, take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Flaugergues, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Maguelone, then see the interesting displays at Site archeologique Lattara - Musee Henri Prades, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Tables, and finally see the interesting displays at Carre Sainte-Anne.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Montpellier tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Montpellier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. June in Montpellier sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.
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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 20th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, learn about all things military at Museum of the Foreign Legion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, see the interesting displays at Centre de la Vieille Charite, then get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, and finally visit The Panier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer, learn about winemaking at Domaines Bunan, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, then visit Cours Mirabeau, and finally don't miss a visit to Eglise du Saint-Esprit.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Marseille sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Nice — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Vieux La Turbie, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Èze, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, then steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, and finally wander the streets of Vieille Ville. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise, take in the waterfront activity at Old Harbor (La Darse), then examine the collection at Les Musees de La Citadelle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint Hospice.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice holiday builder website.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in June, you will find days in Nice are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to fly to Grenoble.
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Grenoble — 4 nights

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval and Fort Saint-Eynard. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee des Troupes de Montagne and Chocolaterie Jouvenal. Explore Grenoble's surroundings by going to Musee de la Revolution Francaise (in Vizille), Musee Hector Berlioz (in La Cote-Saint-Andre) and Musee de la Galoche (in Virieu). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee de l'alambic - Distillerie Jean Gauthier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiale Saint Andre, steep yourself in history at Ancien palais du Parlement de Dauphine, and examine the collection at Musee Palue.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Grenoble day trip website.

You can fly from Nice to Grenoble in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Grenoble, with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Strasbourg.
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Domaine Albert Seltz and Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame. Step off the beaten path and head to Vin d'Alsace HORCHER and La Grand-Rue. Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Selestat (Eglise Saint-Georges & Eglise Sainte-Foy), Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur (in Hunawihr) and Vieille Ville de Turckheim (in Turckheim). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Giersberg, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saints Pierre et Paul, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Grenoble to Strasbourg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. June in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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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