33 days in France & Germany Itinerary

33 days in France & Germany Itinerary

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33 days in France & Germany Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu, Nepal
Fly:  10​h
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
2
Rouen, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + train:  6​h
4
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly + tram:  5​h 45​min
9
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Grenoble, France
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Carcassonne Center, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Kathmandu, Nepal


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2
nights
Paris, France

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.
Get some cultural insight at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Arc de Triomphe. Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Louvre Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Place de la Bastille, see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaisme.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris sightseeing planning tool .

Kathmandu, Nepal to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Nepal Time (NPT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Kathmandu in April: highs in Paris hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, then examine the collection at Ceramics Museum (Musee de la Ceramique), then see the interesting displays at Musee Secq des Tournelles, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Jumieges, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Du Taillis, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de St-Wandrille, and finally contemplate the long history of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rouen road trip planning app .

Getting from Paris to Rouen by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April in Rouen, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chateau Du Taillis, Abbaye de Jumieges, Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, Abbaye de St-Wandrille
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Abbaye de Jumieges
Abbaye de Jumieges

2
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and then brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, see the interesting displays at Lace Conservatory in Hotel du Doyen (Dentelle de Bayeux), then admire the masterpieces at Musee Baron Gerard, and finally see the interesting displays at World War 2 Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux road trip planning website .

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums

Side Trips

Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, World War 2 Museum, Musee du debarquement
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
World War 2 Museum ©
World War 2 Museum

2
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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at Goethe House and Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg). Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus) and St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Romer, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche), steep yourself in history at The Hauptwache, and see the interesting displays at Museum fur Post und Kommunikation.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Frankfurt using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Bayeux to Frankfurt takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums
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The Hauptwache ©
The Hauptwache
Goethe House ©
Goethe House

2
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, contemplate the long history of Aubette (L'), then take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Musée historique de la ville de Strasbourg. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, admire the masterpieces at Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally wander the streets of La Petite France.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Frankfurt to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Palais de Rohan ©
Palais de Rohan
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France

3
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Visit Schloss Nymphenburg and St. Peter's Church for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Munich Residenz and Municipal Gallery in Lenbach House. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, make a trip to Marienplatz, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Altes Hackerhaus, and get to know the fascinating history of Haidhausen.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Munich trip maker website .

You can drive from Strasbourg to Munich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Strasbourg in April: highs in Munich hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Schloss Nymphenburg ©
Schloss Nymphenburg
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
BMW Welt ©
BMW Welt

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Pergamonmuseum and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. You'll explore and learn at Memorial of the Berlin Wall and Reichstag Building. The adventure continues: make a trip to Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, contemplate the long history of Bebelplatz, admire the striking features of German Historical Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum Berlin.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Munich to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Memorial of the Berlin Wall ©
Memorial of the Berlin Wall

2
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Speicherstadtmuseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Alter Elbtunnel, and then see the interesting displays at BallinStadt - Port of Dreams. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Petri Kirche, appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, then get engrossed in the history at Altonaer Museum - Norddeutsches Landesmuseum, then take an in-depth tour of Krameramtswohnungen (Flats for Small Trader's Guild), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at International Baptist Church of Hamburg.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hamburg vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Berlin to Hamburg by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Hamburg sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites
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Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt
Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel

1
night
Lyon, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif, then get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee de l'Imprimerie de Lyon. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nizier, then get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and finally see the interesting displays at Maison des Canuts.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lyon trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and tram from Hamburg to Lyon in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Lyon are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites
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Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

2
nights
Grenoble, France

Grenoble ©
At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Appartement natal de Stendhal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Louis, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, and finally examine the collection at Musee de la Viscose. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Musee Dauphinois, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de Grenoble, and then admire the masterpieces at CNAC - Le Magasin (Centre National d'Art Contemporain).

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Grenoble route planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Grenoble in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Grenoble

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Musee de la Viscose
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Musee de Grenoble ©
Musee de Grenoble
Musee Dauphinois ©
Musee Dauphinois

2
nights
Nice, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): wander the streets of Vieille Ville, then see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and then contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, learn about winemaking at Chateau de Bellet, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise De Sainte Jeanne D'arc, then explore the world behind art at Palais Lascaris, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de l'Annonciation dite de Sainte-Rita.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Grenoble to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Grenoble in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall

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nights
Marseille, France

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Musee d'Histoire de Marseille. Visit MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain and Musee des Docks Romains for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Chateau de Seix in Seix (about 5h 30 min away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de la Buzine, admire the natural beauty at Palais du Pharo, and get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Marseillaise.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Marseille online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Chateau de Seix
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Musee des Beaux-Arts ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain ©
MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain

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Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
Appreciate the collections at Cité de Carcassonne and Memorial House (Maison des Memoires). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne and School Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne Center: Rennes-le-Chateau (Rennes le chateau & Musee Berenger Sauniere), Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes (in Villerouge-Termenes) and Chateau de Chalabre (in Chalabre).

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne Center online holiday planner .

You can drive from Marseille to Carcassonne Center in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Carcassonne Center can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rennes-le-Chateau, Vinaigrerie Cyril Codina, Chateau de Villerouge-Termenes, Chateau de Chalabre
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

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