17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Strasbourg
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 2 nights
Fly
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Albi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 1 night
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and Le Trocadero et son esplanade. Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, admire the masterpieces at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Strasbourg

— 3 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 a sense of the local culture at Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Musee du Jouet. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Town and Musée d'Unterlinden. Explore Strasbourg's surroundings by going to Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster (in Ebersmunster), Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile (in Ottrott) and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and stop by La Petite France.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Strasbourg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. December in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, then take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes and then wander the streets of Le Suquet.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Strasbourg in December, with highs in Nice at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Albi.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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Albi

— 2 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 22nd (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy and then explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Albi trip planner.

Fly from Nice to Albi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Albi is slightly colder than Nice - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Bayeux.

Things to do in Albi

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Pointe du Hoc. Go for a jaunt from Bayeux to Gatteville-le-Phare to see Le Phare de Gatteville about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, admire all the interesting features of Omaha Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip maker.

You can fly from Albi to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Amiens.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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Amiens

— 1 night

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and then take a stroll through St-Leu.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Amiens trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Amiens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Amiens

Parks · Neighborhoods · 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.