23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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23 days in France Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Strasbourg
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Beaune
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
6
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Amboise
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Honfleur
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Train + Fly:  28 h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Paris

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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and National Archives. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and browse the exhibits of Maison de Balzac.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Paris. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 18°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Strasbourg

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.
On the 6th (Wed), examine the collection at Musée historique de la ville de Strasbourg, take an in-depth tour of Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame, then see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, and finally make a trip to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of La Petite France, get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum, and then walk around Parc du Chateau de Pourtales.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Strasbourg sightseeing planning app.

You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In April in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Beaune.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Palais de Rohan ©
Palais de Rohan
Alsatian Museum ©
Alsatian Museum
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©

2
nights
Beaune

Beaune ©
The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Vie Bourguignonne, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Magnin, and finally examine the collection at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Vincent, then learn about winemaking at Chateau de Chamirey, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau De Germolles.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Beaune road trip planner.

Take a train from Strasbourg to Beaune in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daytime highs in Beaune are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Beaune

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Dijon, Chateau de Chamirey, Cathedrale Saint Vincent, Chateau De Germolles
Highlights from your plan
Chateau De Germolles
Chateau De Germolles
Chateau de Chamirey ©
Chateau de Chamirey

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roman Theatre of Orange and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). You'll explore and learn at Musee Angladon and Musee du Petit Palais. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Site Archeologique de Glanum (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Palais des Papes and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Beaune to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Beaune in April: highs in Avignon hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Site Archeologique de Glanum, Pont du Gard, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Chateau des Baux de Provence, Roman Theatre of Orange
Highlights from your plan
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Rennes le chateau, then contemplate the long history of Musee Berenger Sauniere, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Middle Ages, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, and then steep yourself in history at Abbey of Saint-Hilaire.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne Center holiday builder app.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne Center in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Carcassonne Center can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rennes-le-Chateau, Abbey of Saint-Hilaire
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

2
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
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 15th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Chateau Luchey-Halde, then admire the masterpieces at CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pey-Berland Tower, and finally take a stroll through Port of the Moon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Chateau Lafite and then see the interesting displays at Château Maucaillou - Musée des arts et métiers de la vigne.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Carcassonne Center to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Amboise.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Château Maucaillou - Musée des arts et métiers de la vigne, Chateau Lafite
Highlights from your plan
Pey-Berland Tower ©
Pey-Berland Tower
Chateau Lafite ©
Chateau Lafite

2
nights
Amboise

Amboise
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and then see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal de Blois and then don't miss a visit to Chateau de Chambord.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Amboise travel tool.

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Amboise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau Royal de Blois
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and then take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc and then witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach.

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Traveling by car from Amboise to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pointe du Hoc, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Pegasus Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

2
nights
Honfleur

Honfleur ©
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the world behind art at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then learn something new at Maison Du Patrimoine - Atelier Perret, then contemplate the long history of Satie House and Museum (Maisons Satie), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de Grace. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Musee Eugene Boudin, steep yourself in history at Les Buissonnets, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Saint-Germain-de-Livet, and finally don't miss a visit to Sanctuaire Sainte Therese.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Honfleur sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Honfleur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites Museums Classes

Side Trips

Le Havre, Ville de Lisieux
Highlights from your plan
Satie House and Museum (Maisons Satie) ©
Les Buissonnets ©
Les Buissonnets

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