24 days in France Itinerary

24 days in France Itinerary

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24 days in France Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Albi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Carcassonne Center
— 4 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Bayeux
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Montreal

2
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Musee Soulages are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albi: Chateau de Cenevieres (in Cenevieres), Chateau Belcastel (in Belcastel) and Forteresse de Najac (in Najac). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Millau Viaduct, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, and do a tasting at Cave de Labastide.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Albi trip itinerary builder website .

Montreal, Canada to Albi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Albi is 6 hours. When traveling from Montreal in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Albi, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Chateau Belcastel, Musee Soulages, Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie, Cave de Labastide, Viaduc de Millau
Highlights from your plan
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Chateau de Cenevieres ©
Chateau de Cenevieres
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile

4
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Château de Salses. Discover out-of-the-way places like Abbaye de Fontfroide and Chateau Comtal. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne Center: Maison Guinot (in Limoux), Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Rennes-le-Chateau) and Source Salee de la Sals (in Sougraigne). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Carcassonne Medieval City, do a tasting at Chateau Saint-Esteve, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and don't miss a visit to Cité de Carcassonne.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Carcassonne Center day trip app .

Traveling by car from Albi to Carcassonne Center takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Carcassonne Center are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Source Salee de la Sals, Château de Salses, Chateau Saint-Esteve, Abbaye de Fontfroide, Maison Guinot
Highlights from your plan
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses

2
nights
Calvi, Corsica

Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. On the 11th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Arinella and Algaio Beach, then kick back and relax at Punta Spano, and finally steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola and then identify plant and animal life at Galeria Marina.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Calvi trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Carcassonne Center to Calvi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Calvi, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Calvi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Galeria Marina, Nature Reserve of Scandola
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Citadelle de Calvi ©
Citadelle de Calvi
Nature Reserve of Scandola ©
Nature Reserve of Scandola

4
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Saint-Paul de Vence. Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Villeneuve-Loubet), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, take a memorable drive along Route Napoleon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre-Dame de Protection, and explore the world behind art at Palais Lascaris.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nice trip planner.

Fly from Calvi to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Route Napoleon, La cité médiévale, La Croisette, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Highlights from your plan
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

5
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Omaha Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pointe du Grouin and Memorial of Caen. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: German War Cemetery (in Orglandes), D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont) and Saint Catherine's Church (in Honfleur). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and stroll the grounds of Ryes War Cementery.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Bayeux itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Nice to Bayeux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nice in September: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), Remains Mulberry Harbour, Airborne Museum, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, Memorial de Caen
Highlights from your plan
Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Montmartre and Palace of Versailles. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the long history of The Catacombs of Paris, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planner .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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