12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Nice
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Train
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Lille
— 1 night
Train to Paris CDG, Fly to New Delhi

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Nice

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, make a trip to Place Massena, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nice day trip planning site.

New Delhi, India to Nice is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. When traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Nice, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, don't miss a visit to Rue Saint-Jean, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see photos and more tourist information, use the Lyon online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nice in December, with highs in Lyon at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Paris

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris attractions planning website.

Getting from Lyon to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:

Lille

— 1 night

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lille itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Lille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Lille sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Fun & Games
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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.