12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: Lyon
1
Lyon
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Annecy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Marseille
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Avignon
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Nimes
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly + Tram:  3​h
End: Lyon

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon road trip website .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Lyon. In August in Lyon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

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nights
Annecy

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): make a trip to La Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, explore the activities along Lac d'Annecy, then contemplate the long history of Musee Chateau, and finally make a trip to Pont des Amours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Abbaye d'Hautecombe, explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges du Fier, and then steep yourself in history at Basilique de la Visitation.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Annecy driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Lyon to Annecy in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lyon in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Annecy: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Annecy

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Les Gorges du Fier, Abbaye d'Hautecombe
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Abbaye d'Hautecombe ©
Abbaye d'Hautecombe
Basilique de la Visitation ©
Basilique de la Visitation
Musee Chateau ©
Musee Chateau

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Maison de l'Echevin de Cabre. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc national des Calanques, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille travel planner.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Marseille takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, tram, and flight. Traveling from Annecy in August, expect Marseille to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major
Abbaye Saint Victor ©
Abbaye Saint Victor

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nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Place Crillon. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tarascon, then snap pictures at Pont du Gard, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and finally snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip planner .

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August in Avignon, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Nimes.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Tarascon, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Pont du Gard
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

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night
Nimes

Nimes ©
Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
On the 18th (Sun), look for gifts at Toril d'Artistes, delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, then contemplate the long history of Temple of Diana, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Et-Saint-Castor de Nimes.

Discover how to plan a Nimes trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Avignon to Nimes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Nimes, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Nimes

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

La Bambouseraie en Cevennes, Bureau des Moniteurs du Gard
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Jardins de la Fontaine ©
Jardins de la Fontaine
La Maison Carree ©
La Maison Carree
Temple of Diana ©
Temple of Diana

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Saint-Paul de Vence. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (La Croisette & Lérins Islands). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To see reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Nice online tour planner .

Drive from Nimes to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Nice are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cannes, Antibes, Ville medieval, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©

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