24 days in France Itinerary

24 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner

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Montpellier
— 4 nights
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Nimes
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 8 nights
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Montpellier

— 4 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nage Eco L'eau (in La Grande-Motte), Aigues-Mortes (Salin d'Aigues-Mortes & Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes) and Seaquarium (in Le Grau-du-Roi). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Bertrand Bosc, don't miss a visit to Place Saint-Roch, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Zoologique Henri de Lunaret, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Planet Ocean Montpellier.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Montpellier journey planner.

Montreal, Canada to Montpellier is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Montreal to Montpellier due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in April, with highs in Montpellier at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nimes.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Nimes

— 3 nights

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
On the 10th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Presbytère des Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): examine the collection at Haribo Museum, make a trip to Tour Magne, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, then explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, and finally hunt for treasures at Les Halles.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Nimes attractions planner.

Getting from Montpellier to Nimes by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April in Nimes, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Nimes

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Avignon

— 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Marseille (Vallon des Auffes, Le Vieux Port, &more) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet, steep yourself in history at Place Crillon, and get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Boutique John Gormsen.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Nimes to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Lyon

— 8 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Annecy (Claude Louis Berthollet & Lake Annecy), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu (in Beaune). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, examine the collection at Musee Magnin, and admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon trip maker tool.

You can take a train from Avignon to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lyon: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & Palace of Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.