22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday maker

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Paris
— 3 nights
Fly
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Aix-en-Provence
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 1 night
Drive
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Montpellier
Drive
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Annecy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Riquewihr
— 1 day
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colmar
— 1 night
Fly
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Toulouse
— 1 day
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Nantes
— 2 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 1 night
Drive to Nantes, Fly to Nice
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Paris

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Popular historic sites such as Arc de Triomphe and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: stroll through Île de la Cité, take a stroll through Place de la Bastille, shop like a local with Le Marais, and don't miss a visit to Ile Saint-Louis.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Paris. May in Paris sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Aix-en-Provence

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stop by Cours Mirabeau, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and then admire the striking features of Mairie d'Aix-en-Provence.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Aix-en-Provence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aix-en-Provence: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Marseille

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille online itinerary planner.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Marseille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre and then indulge your taste buds at Chateau de Flaugergues.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Montpellier itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Montpellier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Montpellier are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks

Annecy

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): snap pictures at Pont des Amours, then walk around Parc Charles Bosson, then see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Annecy sightseeing site.

Getting from Montpellier to Annecy by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In May, Annecy is little chillier than Montpellier - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Riquewihr.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Riquewihr

— 1 day
Riquewihr is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.A popular tourist attraction for its historical architecture, Riquewihr is also known for the Riesling and other great wines produced in the village. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): do a tasting at Maison Marcel Deiss, see the interesting displays at Musee Espace des Metiers du Bois et du Patrimoine, and then do a tasting at Domaine Paul Blanck.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Riquewihr online tour planner.

You can fly from Annecy to Riquewihr in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Riquewihr can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Riquewihr

Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then examine the collection at Crystal Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Musee Alpin.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chamonix journey builder site.

Drive from Riquewihr to Chamonix in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, flight, and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Chamonix

Museums · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Colmar

— 1 night

Little Venice

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 21st (Mon), learn about winemaking at Maison Wolfberger and then see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Colmar vacation planning app.

You can drive from Chamonix to Colmar in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then see the interesting displays at Musee d'Aquitaine.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bordeaux tour planning app.

Fly from Colmar to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours · Museums

Toulouse

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Carmelites, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Theatre du Capitole.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Toulouse online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Bordeaux to Toulouse by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Toulouse are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can fly to Nantes.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Nightlife

Nantes

— 2 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 25th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then take a stroll through Village de Trentemoult, and then examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nantes journey builder app.

Getting from Toulouse to Nantes by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. May in Nantes sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Saint-Malo

— 1 night
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Samson, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Malo de Dinan, then kick back and relax at Plage de l'Ecluse, then contemplate the long history of Long cours et Cap Horniers (tour Solidor), and finally step off the mainland to explore Le Grand Be. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, then get to know the fascinating history of Chemin de Ronde, and then examine the collection at Cathedraloscope.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Saint-Malo online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nantes to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nice

— 3 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.
On the 28th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos and then examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nice day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Saint-Malo to Nice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Saint-Malo in May; daily highs in Nice reach 24°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

France travel guide

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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.