18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights

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Nice

Nice ©

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Old Town (in Antibes), Pointe des Sardinaux (in Sainte-Maxime) and San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule). Next up on the itinerary: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and make a trip to Les Murs Peints.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Nice road trip app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Nice is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Nice. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you will find days in Nice are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are much hotter (25°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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San Peyre ©
San Peyre
Scuba & Snorkeling
Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews ©

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Marseille

Marseille ©

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.
On the 19th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ile de frioul, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then make a trip to Calanque de Morgiou, and finally walk around Parc Henri Fabre. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame du Mai, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer, then head outdoors with Ile du Gaou, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at La Calanque de Figuerolles.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille road trip website.

You can take a train from Nice to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in August, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Marseille. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Adventure

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Ile de frioul ©
Ile de frioul
La Calanque de Figuerolles ©
La Calanque de Figuerolles
Ile du Gaou ©
Ile du Gaou

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Lyon

Lyon ©

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.
On the 21st (Fri), get in on the family fun at France Aventures Lyon. Keep things going the next day: have fun and explore at Centre D'histoire De La Resistance Et De La Deportation, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Maurice, and then get to know the resident critters at Espace Zoologique De Saint Martin La Plaine.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Marseille in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lyon, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lyon

Fun & Games · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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Espace Zoologique De Saint Martin La Plaine ©
France Aventures Lyon ©
France Aventures Lyon

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Strasbourg

Strasbourg ©

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), make a trip to La Tour des Sorcieres. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Maison de la Nature du Ried et de l'Alsace Centrale, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Foy, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Georges, and finally get engrossed in the history at Bibliotheque Humaniste.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip planner.

Getting from Lyon to Strasbourg by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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La Maison du Pain ©
La Maison du Pain
Eglise Saint-Georges ©
Eglise Saint-Georges

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Paris

Paris ©

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Breteuil and Le Bois des Aigles. La Maison Picassiette and Chateau de Blandy-les-Tours will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Eglise St-Aignan (in Chartres), Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and The Royal Chapel (in Versailles). There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chamerolles and contemplate the long history of Hotel Groslot.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary maker tool.

Take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

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Chateau de Breteuil ©
Chateau de Breteuil
Le Bois des Aigles ©
Le Bois des Aigles
Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups ©
Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©

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.
On the 29th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Croix and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Ecosite du Bourgailh, then get outside with Stade Nautique de Pessac, then admire the striking features of Cite Fruges-Le Corbusier, and finally have some family-friendly fun at VR Cafe.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

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Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu ©
Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu
Eglise Sainte-Croix ©
Eglise Sainte-Croix

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