21 days in France & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

21 days in France & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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21 days in France & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Rennes, France
— 1 day
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Nantes, France
— 1 night
3
Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Toulouse, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Montpellier, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cannes, France
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
8
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly + tram:  3​h
9
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Annecy, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Colmar, France
— 1 night
train:  30​min
12
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h
13
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
14
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rennes, France

Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get your game on at Virtual Room Rennes, then take in nature's colorful creations at Palais Saint-Georges, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc du Thabor.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rennes visit planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Rennes is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Central European Time is 4 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Rennes. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Rennes

Fun & Games Parks
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Parc du Thabor ©
Parc du Thabor
Palais Saint-Georges ©
Palais Saint-Georges

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Nantes, France

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): look for gifts at Epicure Vous Salue, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, and finally see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nantes journey planning app .

You can drive from Rennes to Nantes in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Epicure Vous Salue ©
Epicure Vous Salue

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Bordeaux, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip tool .

Getting from Nantes to Bordeaux by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

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Toulouse, France

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): make a trip to Place du Capitole, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, partake in some friendly competition at Granhota, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin.

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

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a train to Montpellier.

Things to do in Toulouse

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Church of Les Jacobins
Church of Les Jacobins

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Montpellier, France

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.
On the 14th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre, explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Maison de la Nature.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Montpellier trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Toulouse to Montpellier in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Montpellier are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Maison de la Nature ©
Maison de la Nature
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Musee Fabre

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Marseille, France

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 15th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, see the interesting displays at Granet Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then cruise along Route des Cretes.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary site .

Drive from Montpellier to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Route des Cretes, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

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Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cannes: Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Villeneuve-Loubet) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands, browse the fresh offerings at Marche Forville, contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Croisette.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cannes road trip app .

You can drive from Marseille to Cannes in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Antibes, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Massif de l'Esterel
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel

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nights
Nice, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stroll around Colline du Chateau overlook, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and finally don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

Before you visit Nice, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Nice is very close to Cannes. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Cannes in August, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and tram from Nice to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in August, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Lyon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Golf
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

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Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at La Tournette and then explore the activities along Lac d'Annecy.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Annecy online holiday planner .

Getting from Lyon to Annecy by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Lyon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Annecy, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Nature
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Lac d'Annecy ©
Lac d'Annecy
La Tournette ©
La Tournette

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Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 24th (Sat), wander the streets of Little Venice, then make a trip to Old Town, and then stop by TONIN Creations l'Atelier Amoureux.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colmar trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Annecy to Colmar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
TONIN Creations l'Atelier Amoureux ©

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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 25th (Sun): examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, then get engrossed in the history at Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally take a stroll through La Petite France.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Strasbourg road trip app .

Strasbourg is just a short distance from Colmar. In August, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, then make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and finally wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris route planning tool .

Getting from Strasbourg to Paris by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
On the 28th (Wed), kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, then kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal, then appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and then admire all the interesting features of Maracanã.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip builder app .

You can fly from Paris to Rio de Janeiro in 15 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Paris to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling from Paris in August, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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