12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train:  2​h
1
Paris
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Lyon
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Marseille
— 2 nights
4
Montpellier
— 1 night
5
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
End: Barcelona

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Moulin Rouge, The Paris Catacombs and SANDEMANs NEW Paris, Free Walking Tour. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum and admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris sightseeing website .

Brussels, Belgium to Paris is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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.
To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lyon trip itinerary website .

Getting from Paris to Lyon by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. April in Lyon sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Outdoors Fun & Games Nightlife
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2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chateau d'If. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Chateau d'If.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planner .

You can take a train from Lyon to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. April in Marseille sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for Montpellier.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If

1
night
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Montpellier itinerary website .

Getting from Marseille to Montpellier by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can take a train to Carcassonne Center.
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Arenes de Nimes ©
Arenes de Nimes

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center
To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center day trip site .

You can drive from Marseille to Carcassonne Center in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 19th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Outdoors Tours Parks
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