31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route planner

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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Carcassonne

— 2 nights

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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip itinerary maker app.

Bordeaux to Carcassonne is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trip

Avignon

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then stroll through Le Sentier des Ocres.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Avignon road trip tool.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Avignon are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aix-en-Provence: Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet), Cassis (Trolib & Cape Canaille) and Marseille (The Panier, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, examine the collection at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and cruise along Route des Cretes.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Aix-en-Provence travel planner.

Getting from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Avignon in December, with highs in Aix-en-Provence at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 4 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Le village des Tortues (in Gonfaron), La Certosa di La Verne (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Confiserie Azureenne (in Collobrieres). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Dune La Londe, walk around Parc Sainte-Claire, explore the world behind art at La Maison du Cygne, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Pause Serenite.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Hyeres trip planner.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hyeres are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Nice

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more). The adventure continues: visit Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Nice travel route planner.

Getting from Hyeres to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Lyon

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

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You can fly from Nice to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, things will get a bit cooler in Lyon: highs are around 9°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Paris

— 6 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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (L'Orangerie, Palace of Versailles, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paris planning tool.

Getting from Lyon to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Promenade Marcel Proust (in Cabourg) and Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then make a trip to Tour du Nord, and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

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.