24 days in France Itinerary

24 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner

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Paris
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Lyon
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Orange
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Avignon
— 1 day
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Marseille
— 1 night
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Nice
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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La Rochelle
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Amboise
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Giverny
— 1 day
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Paris
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Paris

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.
For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paris online holiday planner.

Houston, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Houston to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in September, things will get colder in Paris: highs are around 70°F and lows about 53°F. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, Parc de la Tete d'Or, La Place Bellecour, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and admire the local landmark of La Place des Jacobins.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip builder site.

Getting from Paris to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Lyon are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Orange.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Orange

Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange.

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

Traveling by car from Lyon to Orange takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Orange, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 57°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Avignon.

Things to do in Orange

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Avignon

— 1 day

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arenes de Nimes, Avignon Les Halles, Pont d'Avignon, and other attractions you added. On the 7th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, hunt for treasures at Avignon Les Halles, then steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, then snap pictures at Pont du Gard, and finally catch a live event at Arenes de Nimes.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Orange to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
You've now added Plage de Pampelonne to your itinerary.

Plan a trip to Marseille easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Marseille sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya as well as Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Nice sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 65°F at night. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Shopping

Carcassonne

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
You've now added Cité de Carcassonne to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge) and then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Carcassonne tour website.

You can fly from Nice to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Carcassonne, with lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Bordeaux

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes La Cite du Vin, Bar a Vin and Food Tours. On the 10th (Fri), join in the after-dark buzz at Bar a Vin. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Place de la Bourse.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Bordeaux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Mon) before leaving for La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nightlife

La Rochelle

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
On the 13th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

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

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to La Rochelle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Amboise.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Amboise

— 2 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau de Chambord and Chateau de Villandry. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Amboise journey planner.

Take a train from La Rochelle to Amboise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Wed) before leaving for Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 15th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel and then stroll through Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel online vacation planner.

You can drive from Amboise to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3.5 hours. September in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Memorial de Caen, Vieux Bassin, Normandy American Cemetery, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Rouen

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Palais de Justice and Falaises d'Etretat. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get great views at Falaises d'Etretat.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rouen visit planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Rouen, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for Giverny.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Giverny

— 1 day
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cathedrale Saint-Pierre. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Giverny online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rouen to Giverny in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Giverny, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Paris

— 7 nights

City of Light

You've added Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Jardin des Plantes, Arenes de Lutece, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore Paris further: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, don't miss a visit to Hotel de Ville, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip maker tool.

Getting from Giverny to Paris by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.

Normandy travel guide

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Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.