18 days in France & French Alps Itinerary

18 days in France & French Alps Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paris
— 3 nights
2
Lyon
— 3 nights
3
Marseille
— 3 nights
4
Moustiers Sainte-Marie
— 2 nights
5
Nice
— 4 nights

3
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jardin des Tuileries and Île de la Cité. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

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Gaborone, Botswana to Paris is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Paris is colder than Gaborone - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Roche de Solutre and Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lyon attractions planner.

Take a train from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Lyon are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

La Roche de Solutre
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
La Roche de Solutre ©
La Roche de Solutre
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema

3
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parc National des Calanques and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. Escape the urban bustle at Calanques and Promenade a Cheval La Marisma. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Vieil Aix & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence) and Le Petit Ranch de Marie (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Marseille route planner.

You can take a train from Lyon to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lyon in December: high temperatures in Marseille hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Moustiers Sainte-Marie.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Aix-en-Provence, Calanques
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Parc National des Calanques ©
Parc National des Calanques
Calanques ©
Calanques

2
nights
Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Moustiers Sainte-Marie ©
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, or simply Moustiers, is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France, a part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and considered one of the "most beautiful villages of France".It lies at the western entrance to the Gorges du Verdon. On the 24th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lac De Sainte Croix and then don't miss a visit to Centre Ville. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Verdon Escalade, contemplate the waterfront views at Les Gorges du Verdon, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Beauvoir.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Moustiers Sainte-Marie trip planner.

Drive from Marseille to Moustiers Sainte-Marie in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Moustiers Sainte-Marie, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lac De Sainte Croix, Verdon Escalade, Les Gorges du Verdon
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Lac De Sainte Croix ©
Lac De Sainte Croix
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
Verdon Escalade ©
Verdon Escalade

4
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lérins Islands and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Take a break from the city and head to Station de Ski L'Audibergue and Cascade de Gairaut. Change things up with a short trip to Les Petites Porcelaines in Golfe-Juan Vallauris (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and make a trip to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nice itinerary website.

You can drive from Moustiers Sainte-Marie to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Moustiers Sainte-Marie in December, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Les Petites Porcelaines, Station de Ski L'Audibergue, Lérins Islands
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Station de Ski L'Audibergue ©
Station de Ski L'Audibergue
Parc du Mont Boron ©
Parc du Mont Boron

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