39 days in France Itinerary

39 days in France Itinerary

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Reims
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Reims

— 4 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palais du Tau and Basilique Saint-Remi. You'll explore and learn at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum and Champagne Henry de Vaugency. Venture out of the city with trips to Champagne Dechelle Henri et Fille (in Brasles), Champagne Gioria Latizeau (in Saulchery) and Epernay (Champagne DOMI & Moet et Chandon). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, learn about winemaking at Champagne Alfred Tritant, look for gifts at Champagne Sourdet-Diot, and savor the flavors at Henri CHAUVET Wine Tours.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Reims trip planner.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Reims is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Addis Ababa in November, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Reims: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Paris

— 7 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.
Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Orsay and Musee Jacquemart-Andre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, and browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Reims to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): take in the history at Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

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You can 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 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Cité de Carcassonne and Chateaux de Lastours are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at O'Vineyards and Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi), Spas (in Balma) and Toulouse (Musee des Augustins & Basilique Saint-Sernin). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Cave de Labastide, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bayeux to Carcassonne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Avignon

— 5 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.
You'll explore and learn at Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Calvet. Get some historical perspective at Palais des Papes and Abbaye de Montmajour. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange), Nimes (La Maison Carree & Musee des Beaux-Arts) and Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, &more). Dedicate the 20th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, learn about winemaking at Bertrand Bosc, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wine Safari.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Avignon trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Cathédrale La Major. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Granet and The Panier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aix-en-Provence: Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (in Marseille), Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) and Cassis (Peche. Calanques. Com & Trolib). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de la Clapiere and Paroisse de Ramatuelle. Let the collections at Confiserie Azureenne and La Maison du Cygne capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Pause Serenite (in La Croix-Valmer), Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres) and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Queste (in Grimaud). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Pierre Du Brusc, and stroll around Parc Olbius-Riquier.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hyeres planning tool.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Nice

— 7 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musée Marc Chagall. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vieille Ville and Le Suquet. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more) and Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins (in Mougins). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, discover the deep blue sea with Easy Dive, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and pause for some serene contemplation at La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence.

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Traveling by car from Hyeres to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Nice sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.