34 days in France Itinerary

34 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

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Paris
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Le Havre
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Bayeux
Drive
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Caen
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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La Rochelle
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Bayonne
Taxi
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Biarritz
— 3 nights
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Toulouse
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Montpellier
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Moustiers Sainte-Marie
— 2 nights
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La Palud sur Verdon
— 2 nights
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Gordes
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Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert
— 2 nights
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Estaing
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Beynac-et-Cazenac
— 3 nights
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La Roque-Gageac
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Collonges-la-Rouge
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Colmar
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 2 nights
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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 other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris travel itinerary planner.

Saint John, Canada to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Paris when traveling from Saint John in July, with lows around 18°C. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to Le Havre.

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife · Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites

Le Havre

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): cast your line with Navigation Normande - Le Havre.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Le Havre day trip planning site.

You can drive from Paris to Le Havre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for slightly colder days in Le Havre, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Le Havre

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then take in the exciting artwork at Normandie Savoir-Faire.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Bayeux online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Le Havre to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Caen

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Explore Caen's surroundings by going to Deauville City (Deauville Beach & Eglise Saint Augustin) and Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial, delve into the distant past at Chateau de Caen, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, and take in nature's colorful creations at La Colline aux Oiseaux.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Caen trip planner.

Caen is just a short distance from Bayeux. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You will leave for Mont-Saint-Michel on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel planning tool.

You can drive from Caen to Mont-Saint-Michel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

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 26th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Rochelle trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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.
On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to La Grande Dune du Pilat.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Bayonne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bayonne

Bayonne is a city and commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne and then contemplate the long history of Maison Moulis.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bayonne trip builder site.

Drive from Bordeaux to Bayonne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Bordeaux, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bayonne, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 19°C. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Bayonne

Historic Sites

Biarritz

— 3 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hendaye (Chateau Observatoire Abbadia & Plage d'Hendaye) and Digue de Socoa (in Ciboure). There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Promenade Jacques Thibaud, sample the tasty concoctions at La Superbe, examine the collection at Musee Bellevue, and don't miss a visit to Phare de Biarritz.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Biarritz day trip planning app.

Biarritz is very close to Bayonne. In July, daily temperatures in Biarritz can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toulouse

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get curious at Cite de l'espace.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Toulouse online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Biarritz to Toulouse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your trip

Carcassonne

— 3 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.
On the 1st (Sun), snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then explore the activities along Canal du Midi, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip maker tool.

You can drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Montpellier

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): meet the residents at Planet Ocean Montpellier.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Montpellier tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Montpellier takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Montpellier can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Montpellier

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Get out of town with these interesting Arles side-trips: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine, and appreciate the history behind La Maison Carree.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Arles online route builder.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Moustiers Sainte-Marie.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Moustiers Sainte-Marie

— 2 nights
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, or simply Moustiers, is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France, a part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and considered one of the "most beautiful villages of France".It lies at the western entrance to the Gorges du Verdon. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Les Grottes de Villecroze, then take in the dramatic scenery at Sillans-la-Cascade, and then explore the activities along Lac de Sainte-Croix.

Make your Moustiers Sainte-Marie itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Arles to Moustiers Sainte-Marie in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August in Moustiers Sainte-Marie, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Palud sur Verdon.

Things to do in Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Palud sur Verdon

— 2 nights
On the 10th (Tue), hike along Starting Point Du Sentier Blanc-Martel, get outside with Verdon Escalade, then explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges du Verdon, and finally admire all the interesting features of Route des Cretes La Palud.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for La Palud sur Verdon using our trip planner.

La Palud sur Verdon is very close to Moustiers Sainte-Marie. In August in La Palud sur Verdon, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gordes.

Things to do in La Palud sur Verdon

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails

Side Trips

Gordes

Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): hike along Le Sentier des Ocres.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gordes travel route builder.

Traveling by car from La Palud sur Verdon to Gordes takes 2.5 hours. In August in Gordes, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert.

Things to do in Gordes

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert

— 2 nights
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a commune in the Hérault department in the Occitanie region in southern France.Situated in the narrow valley of the Gellone river where it meets the steep sided gorge of the Hérault River, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is essentially a medieval village located on the Chemin de St-Jacques pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella.HistoryThe village has maintained its historic state. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Musee du Village d'Antan and then pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye de Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert holiday planning app.

You can drive from Gordes to Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Estaing.

Things to do in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Estaing

On the 13th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Le Canyon de Bozouls, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Calmont d'Olt, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Estaing trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert to Estaing in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert in August, expect Estaing to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Beynac-et-Cazenac.

Things to do in Estaing

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Beynac-et-Cazenac

— 3 nights
Beynac-et-Cazenac is a village located in the Dordogne department in southwestern France.The medieval Château de Beynac is located in the commune.The village is classified as one of Les plus beaux villages de France (most beautiful villages of France).GeographyThe commune lies on the banks of the Dordogne River 10km southwest of Sarlat-la-Canéda.HistoryHistorically the first mention of Beynac dates to 1115 when Maynard de Beynac made a gift to the sisters at Fontevrault Abbey. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and then don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac. On your second day here, browse the fresh offerings at La Maison Paysanne, explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, find something for the whole family at Parc Le Bournat, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Commarque, and finally ponder the world of politics at Mairie de Beynac-et-Cazenac.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Beynac-et-Cazenac online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Estaing to Beynac-et-Cazenac takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Roque-Gageac.

Things to do in Beynac-et-Cazenac

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

La Roque-Gageac

La Roque-Gageac is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, southwestern France.Perched above the Dordogne River, the village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association. For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our La Roque-Gageac trip itinerary builder.

La Roque-Gageac is very close to Beynac-et-Cazenac. In August, daily temperatures in La Roque-Gageac can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 16th (Mon), you're off to Collonges-la-Rouge.

Things to do in La Roque-Gageac

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Collonges-la-Rouge

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Turenne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Pierre, and then look for gifts at Le couteau de Correze.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Collonges-la-Rouge sightseeing planner.

You can drive from La Roque-Gageac to Collonges-la-Rouge in 1.5 hours. When traveling from La Roque-Gageac in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Collonges-la-Rouge: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Collonges-la-Rouge

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
On the 17th (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and finally walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lyon travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Collonges-la-Rouge to Lyon takes 4 hours. Traveling from Collonges-la-Rouge in August, expect nights in Lyon to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Colmar.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks

Colmar

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 18th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Volerie des Aigles, and then explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, make a trip to Vieille Ville, then don't miss a visit to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Colmar trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Colmar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Colmar, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Paris

— 2 nights

City of Light

Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Enjoy Paris some more: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paris trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Colmar to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.