22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France Trip Planner

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Amboise
— 1 day
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Lourdes
— 1 night
Drive
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne Center
— 1 day
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 1 night
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Paris

— 4 nights

City of Light

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 outdoors at Île de la Cité and Seine River. Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary maker tool.

Auckland, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -11 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in September: highs in Paris hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Amboise.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Amboise

— 1 day
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. You've now added Aerocom Montgolfiere to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Troglo Degusto and then get a bird's-eye view with Aerocom Montgolfiere.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Amboise road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Paris to Amboise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Amboise are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Lourdes.

Things to do in Amboise

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Lourdes

— 1 night
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. On the 7th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Fort of Lourdes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Mauvezin.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lourdes, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Amboise to Lourdes takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Toulouse

— 3 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

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 9th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Hotel d'Assezat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, then contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins, then stop by Nailloux Outlet Village, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Toulouse trip planner.

Drive from Lourdes to Toulouse in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Carcassonne Center

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): shop like a local with Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne Center holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Carcassonne Center takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Carcassonne Center can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Avignon

— 1 night

City of Popes

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.
For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Avignon online day trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Avignon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 12th (Wed), you'll travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites

Marseille

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

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 12th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, shop like a local with Les Terrasses du Port, then take a stroll through The Panier, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille sightseeing app.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Nice

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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 14th (Fri): wander the streets of La Croisette and then get a taste of the local shopping with Rue d'Antibes. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nice online vacation builder.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Lyon

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
On the 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Fresque des Lyonnais. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then wander the streets of La Place Bellecour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at La Roche de Solutre.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lyon online tour planner.

You can fly from Nice to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in September since evenings lows in Lyon dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Paris

— 1 night

City of Light

Your day by day itinerary now includes Conciergerie as well as Eiffel Tower. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): make a trip to Ile Saint-Louis, then take a peaceful walk through Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau), and then stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower and then contemplate the long history of Conciergerie.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.