12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France attractions planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
1
Lyon
— 1 day
2
Annecy
— 2 nights
3
Marseille
— 2 nights
4
Avignon
— 2 nights
5
Nimes
— 1 night
6
Nice
— 4 nights

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): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, then admire the landmark architecture 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 ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Lyon online driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Lyon. August in Lyon sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

2
nights
Annecy

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

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy trip app.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Annecy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in August, you will find days in Annecy are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Annecy

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Les Gorges du Fier, Abbaye d'Hautecombe
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Abbaye d'Hautecombe ©
Abbaye d'Hautecombe
Basilique de la Visitation ©
Basilique de la Visitation
Musee Chateau ©
Musee Chateau

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.
On the 14th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Maison de l'Echevin de Cabre. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Parc National des Calanques, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille online travel route planner.

Getting from Annecy to Marseille by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Annecy in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Marseille: highs are around 35°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major
Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If

2
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.
On the 16th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Place Crillon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon, then take in the views from Pont du Gard, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and finally take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon online route builder.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nimes.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pont du Gard, Chateau de Tarascon, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stop by Toril d'Artistes, pause for some photo ops at La Maison Carree, then admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine, then steep yourself in history at Temple de Diane, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Et-Saint-Castor de Nimes.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nimes trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Nimes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Nimes

Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Bureau des Moniteurs du Gard, La Bambouseraie en Cevennes
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Jardins de la Fontaine ©
Jardins de la Fontaine
La Maison Carree ©
La Maison Carree
Temple de Diane ©
Temple de Diane

4
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (La Croisette & Lérins Islands). There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Marineland, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, browse the exhibits of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Nimes to Nice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 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, Saint-Paul de Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild

Similar plans

15 days in Paris & Nice BY A USER FROM IRAN September, teens, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: September, teens, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Paris & Lyon BY A USER FROM IRAN September, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: September, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in Nice & Paris BY A USER FROM LEBANON August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Europe BY A USER FROM GERMANY August, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular sights Preferences: August, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Paris & Lyon BY A USER FROM IRAN September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular sights Preferences: September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 10 days in Lyon BY A USER FROM MALTA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 15 days in France & Province of Venice BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 15 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 11 days in Paris & Nice BY A USER FROM IRAN September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 16 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, outdoors, beaches, popular sights Preferences: September, outdoors, beaches Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 26 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur & Monte-Carlo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in France BY A USER FROM FRANCE August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans