16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Paris
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Lyon
— 2 nights
tram + Fly:  3​h
2
Nice
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Cannes
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
La Rochelle
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Paris
— 7 nights
End: Paris

2
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.
On the 16th (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse, take a stroll through Cite medievale, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to quartier Renaissance Saint Jean, examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, wander the streets of Croix-Rousse, then don't miss a visit to Le Mur Des Canuts, and finally explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon custom trip planner.

Paris to Lyon is an approximately 2.5-hour train. You can also fly; or drive. In April in Lyon, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Cite medievale de Perouges
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Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Croix-Rousse ©
Croix-Rousse
Le Mur Des Canuts ©
Le Mur Des Canuts

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Tue), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palmes Beach, then cruise along Tete de Chien, and finally steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Vieux Eze, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, then stroll through Paloma Beach, and finally wander the streets of Place Rossetti.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nice online itinerary creator.

You can fly from Lyon to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lyon in April since evenings lows in Nice dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eze, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Palmes Beach, Tete de Chien
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Paloma Beach ©
Paloma Beach
Place Rossetti ©
Place Rossetti

2
nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the fresh offerings at Marché Forville, then steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, then take a stroll through Gourdon, and finally kick back and relax at Juan les Pins Main Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cannes trip itinerery planner.

Cannes is just a stone's throw from Nice. In April in Cannes, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Cannes

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Massif de l'Esterel, Juan les Pins Main Beach, Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
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Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon ©
Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Marche Forville ©
Marche Forville

1
night
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
On the 22nd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Chatelaillon, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Embarcadere Cardinaud - Marais poitevin, and then visit a coastal fixture at The Lighthouse of L'ile de Re. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musée des Commerces d'Autrefois, snap pictures at Pont Transbordeur - Maison du Transbordeur, don't miss a visit to Citadelle de Brouage, then see the interesting displays at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, and finally see the interesting displays at Le Bunker de La Rochelle.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the La Rochelle itinerary maker.

Fly from Cannes to La Rochelle in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cannes in April: highs in La Rochelle hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Rochefort, Caserne de Brouage, Plage de Chatelaillon, Embarcadere Cardinaud - Marais poitevin
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Plage de Chatelaillon ©
Plage de Chatelaillon
Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois ©
Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chartres Cathedral and Fondation Claude Monet. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Hammams & Turkish Baths (in Montereau-Fault-Yonne), Collegiale Notre-Dame des Andelys (in Les Andelys), Chartres (église St Pierre, Chartres Historic Preservation Area, & more), Domaine of Villarceaux (in Chaussy), Chateau of Rambouillet (in Rambouillet), Disneyland Park (in Marne-la-Vallee), Spas & Wellness (in Moret-sur-Loing), Château de la Roche-Guyon (in La Roche-Guyon) and Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny (in Giverny). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at River Seine, take a stroll through Montmartre, don't miss a visit to Pont Alexandre III, and contemplate the long history of Chateau Gaillard.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paris itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from La Rochelle to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. April in Paris sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to do a combination of back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chartres, Giverny, Normandy, Domaine of Villarceaux, Disneyland Paris
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Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral
Ile Saint-Louis
Ile Saint-Louis
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité

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