41 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

41 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

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Paris
— 7 nights
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Marseille
— 7 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne Center
— 4 nights
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Limoges
— 4 nights
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La Rochelle
— 4 nights
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Paris
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice and Église Saint-Eustache. Your inner history buff will appreciate Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont and Hotel de Ville. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Grandes Cascades du Mont Dore (in Le Mont-Dore), Chateau de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas' House (in Le Port-Marly) and Chateau de Breteuil (in Choisel). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere de Montmartre, examine the collection at Albert Kahn Musee et Jardins, get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah, and make a trip to La Tour Cesar.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planning website.

Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In July in Paris, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Marseille

— 7 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pavillon M and Musee Cantini. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer and St. Vincent de Paul Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Domaines Bunan (in La Cadiere d'Azur), Aix-en-Provence (Halle aux Grains, Tours in Provence - Day Tours, &more) and Sanary-sur-Mer (Musee International de la Plongee Autonome Frederic Dumas & Decouverte du Vivant). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Marseille, examine the collection at Le Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol, explore the world behind art at Musee Grobet-Labadie, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Laurent.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille journey planning site.

Take a train from Paris to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In July, Marseille is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 88°F and lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Avignon

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon and Eglise St-Vincent. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilique Saint Pierre and Eglise Sainte-Marthe de Tarascon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Chateau de la Gardine & Chateau de Pape Jean XXII), Cavaillon (Synagogue & Hotel d'Agar) and Les Antiques (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Agricol, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Feodal de Chateaurenard, and view the masterpieces at Galerie Boutique John Gormsen.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center

— 4 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateaux de Lastours and Chateau de Puilaurens. Get some historical perspective at Notre-Dame-des-Auzils and Musee Berenger Sauniere. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne Center: Le Trouve Tout Du Livre (in Le Somail), Vinaigrerie Cyril Codina (in Lagrasse) and Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret).

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne Center takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in July, plan for little chillier days in Carcassonne Center, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Limoges.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Limoges

— 4 nights

Porcelain City

Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
Eglise Saint Pierre du Queyroix and Chateau de Pompadour will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee du Four des casseaux and Abbaye Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul. Change things up with these side-trips from Limoges: Musee & Jardins Cecile Sabourdy (in Vicq-sur-Breuilh), Collegiale de Saint Leonard de noblat (in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat) and Chateau de Coussac-Bonneval (in Coussac Bonneval). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Cite des Metiers et des Arts, head outdoors with Tarz en Arbres, don't miss a visit to Maison de l'email, and delve into the lush surroundings at Parc de l'Aurence.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Limoges road trip tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Limoges in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carcassonne Center in July, expect Limoges to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Limoges

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

La Rochelle

— 4 nights

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.
You'll explore and learn at Le Bunker de La Rochelle and Musee Maritime de La Rochelle. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont and Fort Louvois. Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Musee de l'Histoire Locale et de la Peche (in Talmont sur Gironde), Clocher Observatoire (in Saint Martin de Re) and Rochefort (Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, Musee National de la Marine, &more). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Abbaye des Chateliers, see the interesting displays at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, make a trip to Porte de la Grosse-Horloge, and steep yourself in history at Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle itinerary site.

Getting from Limoges to La Rochelle by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Paris.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paris

— 8 nights

City of Light

Explore hidden gems such as Chateau of Vincennes and Palais de Justice. Chateau de Malmaison and Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Rouen (Fayencerie Augy, Historial Jeanne d’Arc, &more) and Senlis (Parc et Vestiges du Chateau Royal & Cathedrale notre-dame de Senlis). Explore Paris further: examine the collection at Palais de Chaillot, admire the striking features of Le Palais Royal, get engrossed in the history at Maison de Victor Hugo, and take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary maker tool.

Take a train from La Rochelle to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips