41 days in France Itinerary

41 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France Trip Planner

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Paris
— 8 nights
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Beaune
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Cannes
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne Center
— 3 nights
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La Chapelle-D'Abondance
— 5 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
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Paris

— 8 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes National Museum of Natural History, Chanel, Latin Quarter, and other attractions. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palace of Versailles and Champs-Elysees. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee d'Orsay and Le Marais. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, stroll through Paris Plage, and browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary app.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Paris, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in Paris hover around 12°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Beaune.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Beaune

— 2 nights

Wine Capital of Burgundy

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stop by Le Cellier de la Cabiote, then do a tasting at Patriarche Pere & Fils, and then see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Chateau du Clos de Vougeot and then look for gifts at La Boutique Maille.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Beaune trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Paris to Beaune takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Beaune

Wineries · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Strasbourg

— 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Vieille ville d'Eguisheim has been added to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Petite France and Palais de Rohan. Let the collections at Musée d'Unterlinden and Alsatian Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Coeur de Ribeauville in Ribeauville (about 48 minutes away). It doesn't end there: walk around Parc de l'Orangerie and look for gifts at Maison Lorho.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Strasbourg driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Beaune to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nice

— 4 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.
Parfumerie Galimard has been added to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Musee Matisse and Fondation Maeght. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Go for a jaunt from Nice to Menton to see Au Pays du Citron about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, kick back and relax at Blue Beach, look for gifts at Maison Auer, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Strasbourg in November, with highs in Nice at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Cannes

— 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): look for gifts at Izdeguiz, then kick back and relax at Juan les Pins Main Beach, and then try to win big at Casino Barriere Le Croisette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): stop by Marche Gambetta and then steep yourself in history at Lérins Islands.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cannes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Cannes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Cannes, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Cannes

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Casinos

Side Trip

Marseille

— 4 nights

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.
Head to La Chocolaterie Marseillaise and Savonnerie Marseillaise de la Licornefor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee Granet and Paul Cezanne’s Studio. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Cours Mirabeau, &more). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of The Panier, shop like a local with Les Terrasses du Port, stop by Maison Empereur, and take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Marseille are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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 5th (Mon), do a tasting at Chateau La Nerthe, look for gifts at La Cave du Verger des Papes, then make a trip to Palais des Papes, and finally stop by Images In Avignon. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, then head off the coast to Ile de la Barthelasse, and then stop by Camili Books & Tea.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon visit planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Marseille in December; daily highs in Avignon reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center

— 3 nights
On the 7th (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Le Parc Australien, see the interesting displays at Musee de L'Inquisition, get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, then stop by Fromagerie la Ferme, and finally stop by La Boutique de l'ecluse de la Peyruque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere, see the interesting displays at Horreum romain, and then don't miss a visit to Canal du Midi.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne Center trip site.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne Center in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Carcassonne Center can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to La Chapelle-D'Abondance.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

La Chapelle-D'Abondance

— 5 nights
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee de l'Horlogerie and Ville de Divonne-les-Bains. Escape the urban bustle at Cascades du Hérisson and ESF Avoriaz 1800. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Grenier Savoyard (in Samoens), Fromagerie Boujon (in Thonon-les-Bains) and Chateau de Joux (in La Cluse-et-Mijoux).

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read our La Chapelle-D'Abondance tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to La Chapelle-D'Abondance takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Carcassonne Center in December; daily highs in La Chapelle-D'Abondance reach 7°C and lows reach -1°C. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in La Chapelle-D'Abondance

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 15th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, then take in nature's colorful creations at Musee Christian Dior, and then get engrossed in the history at Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Mont Saint-Michel and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint-Aubert.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from La Chapelle-D'Abondance to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, Mont-Saint-Michel is a bit warmer than La Chapelle-D'Abondance - with highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Omaha Beach and Remains Mulberry Harbour. Head to Bicose and Au Fin Gousierfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), La Boite a Calva (in Caen) and Les Halles Centrales (in Le Havre). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, look for gifts at Ess9nce, take in the exciting artwork at Normandie Savoir-Faire, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux itinerary builder site.

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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.