32 days in France Itinerary

32 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Carcassonne
— 8 nights
2
Paris
— 9 nights
3
Lyon
— 7 nights
4
Grenoble
— 5 nights

8
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Chateau Comtal. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, Pont Vieux, &more), Gorges du Verdouble (in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse) and Rennes-le-Chateau (Rennes le chateau, Tour Magdala, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte des Canalettes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip builder site.

Newark, USA to Carcassonne is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Carcassonne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Carcassonne, with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Albi, Villefranche-de-Conflent, Rennes-le-Chateau, Argeles-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-de-Fos
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Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Lac de la Cavayere ©
Lac de la Cavayere

9
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Latin Quarter and Jardin des Tuileries. Venture out of the city with trips to Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, don't miss a visit to Place des Vosges, and admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne in September, you will find days in Paris are little chillier (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rouen
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

7
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Tournoel and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Annecy (Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, La Vieille Ville, &more), Le Puy-en-Velay (Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay & Statue de Notre Dame de France) and Clermont-Ferrand (ASM EXPERIENCE - L'immersion Rugby & L'Aventure Michelin). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, make a trip to La Renaissance Du Vieux Lyon, explore the engaging exhibits at Centre D'histoire De La Resistance Et De La Deportation, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

To see maps and more tourist information, use the Lyon trip itinerary maker website.

Take a train from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grenoble.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Annecy, Le Puy-en-Velay, Clermont-Ferrand, Chateau de Tournoel
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Tournoel ©
Chateau de Tournoel
La Vieille Ville ©
La Vieille Ville
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema

5
nights
Grenoble

Grenoble ©
At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Les Gorges du Fier and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grenoble: Semnoz (in Annecy), Plage Municipale du Bourget du Lac (in Le Bourget-du-Lac) and Grotte de Choranche (in Choranche). There's lots more to do: walk around Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac du Bourget, stop by Botanicus, and explore the fascinating underground world of Les Cuves.

For photos and other tourist information, you can read our Grenoble trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Grenoble takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Grenoble are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grenoble

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Semnoz, Abbaye d'Hautecombe, Les Cuves, Plage Municipale du Bourget du Lac, Les Gorges du Fier
Highlights from your plan
Les Gorges du Fier ©
Les Gorges du Fier
Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors ©
Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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