10 days in France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Strasbourg
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Bordeaux — 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Bordeaux is known for sightseeing, fun & games, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, don't miss a visit to Place du Parlement, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, and take in the views from Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux trip itinerary planning website.

Paris to Bordeaux is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.
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Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
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Lyon — 4 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.
Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Grenoble (Room Escape Games & Musee de Grenoble). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lyon trip planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December in Lyon, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can fly to Strasbourg.
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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.
On the 1st (Sun), awaken your taste buds at Cave du Roi Dagobert, wander the streets of La Petite France, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, then wander the streets of Little Venice, and then admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Strasbourg trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Strasbourg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.
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