17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Paris
— 3 nights
Train
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Reims
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Saint-Maximin
— 2 nights
Drive to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Fly to Lyon
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 3 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg
— 1 night
Train to Frankfurt, Fly to Kuwait City

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Paris

— 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Seine River. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee Jacquemart-Andre. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Evasion Canine (in Fontainebleau), Espace Bien Etre des Vaux de Cernay (in Auffargis) and Moret-sur-Loing (in Moret-sur-Loing). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and visit Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Paris is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuwait City to Paris is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Kuwait City in December, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Paris: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Reims

— 2 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Surrender, learn about winemaking at Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, make a trip to Palais du Tau, then see the interesting displays at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

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You can take a train from Paris to Reims in 1.5 hours. Other options are to 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 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Maximin.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Saint-Maximin

— 2 nights
Saint-Maximin is a commune in the Oise department in northern France.QuarriesSaint-Maximin is noted for its quarries, which are the source of Saint-Maximin limestone, a widely used French building stone. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): play a few rounds at UGOLF Golf d'Apremont, see the interesting displays at Clouterie Rivierre, relax and rejuvenate at ML'E Sens, then admire the striking features of Abbaye Royale du Moncel, then examine the collection at Musee de la Memoire des Murs, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Montataire. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Centre Aquatique Philippe Loisel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise saint Samson, then examine the collection at Musee Galle-Juillet, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Royaumont Abbey.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Saint-Maximin day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Reims to Saint-Maximin takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Saint-Maximin

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

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 26th (Sun): visit The Presqu'ile, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, take a stroll through La Place Bellecour, then examine the collection at Musee des Confluences, and finally don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, relax and rejuvenate at La Route des Sens, then learn about winemaking at Chateau de Varennes, and finally explore the striking landscape at La Roche de Solutre.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lyon online trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Saint-Maximin to Lyon. In December, daytime highs in Lyon are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

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 28th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and finally take a stroll through The Panier.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence tour planner.

Fly from Lyon to Aix-en-Provence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Lyon in December, expect Aix-en-Provence to be somewhat warmer, temps between 15°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Cannes

— 3 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.
Musee Matisse and Musee Picasso will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lérins Islands and Rue d'Antibes. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze (in Eze), Musee International de la Parfumerie (in Grasse) and Nice (Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, Vieille Ville, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through La Croisette, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Suquet.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cannes driving holiday planner.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, examine the collection at Musée historique de la ville de Strasbourg, examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Strasbourg tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cannes to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cannes in January; daily highs in Strasbourg reach 6°C and lows reach 0°C. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Baths · Spas · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

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.