41 days in France Itinerary

41 days in France Itinerary

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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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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 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
— 10 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Paris is minus 9 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Brisbane in November: high temperatures in Paris hover around 12°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.
Step out of Bayeux to go to Honfleur and see Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Bayeux are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · 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 6th (Mon): make a trip to Mont Saint-Michel, make a trip to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then make a trip to La Grande Rue, and finally don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Grand Degre, stroll through Mont Saint-Michel Bay, look for gifts at L'Atelier Gourmet, then admire the natural beauty at Musee Christian Dior, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame du Cap Lihou.

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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, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Lyon

— 4 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.
Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble) and Lake Annecy (in Annecy). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lyon day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lyon, with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole. Keep things going the next day: delve into the mystery of La Maison Hantee, then stroll through Canal du Midi, then step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, and finally ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres), La Petite Ferme (in Villes-sur-Auzon) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, head off the coast to Ile de la Barthelasse, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Avignon tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aix-en-Provence side-trips: Cassis (Trolib & Cape Canaille), Musee des Chantiers Naval (in La Ciotat) and Marseille (The Panier, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau, examine the collection at Musee Granet, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Avignon in December: high temperatures in Aix-en-Provence hover around 15°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Hyeres: La Certosa di La Verne (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Le village des Tortues (in Gonfaron) and Confiserie Azureenne (in Collobrieres). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Maxime, stroll around Park and Gardens of the Mediterranean, and admire the natural beauty at La Maison du Cygne.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Hyeres day trip website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Nice

— 10 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue d'Antibes, &more), Musee International de la Parfumerie (in Grasse) and Antibes (Le Nomade, Musee Picasso, &more). Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip 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. December in Nice sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.