59 days in France Itinerary

59 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner

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Paris
— 8 nights
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Honfleur
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vannes
— 4 nights
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La Rochelle
— 4 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
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Colmar
— 1 night
Drive
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Nancy
— 2 nights
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Reims
— 7 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Army Museum and Petit Palais. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy), Versailles (Palace of Versailles, The Hall of Mirrors, &more) and Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, and visit Quartier Montparnasse.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip builder tool.

Taipei, Taiwan to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Taipei to Paris. When traveling from Taipei in August, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Paris: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Honfleur

— 2 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
On the 19th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Appartement Temoin, examine the collection at Musee Maison de L'Armateur, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame des Flots, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Personnalites, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Eugene Boudin, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Leonard. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Lisieux, contemplate the long history of Les Buissonnets, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience, try your luck at Hippodrome Deauville La Touques, then stroll through Deauville Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Batteries du Mont Canisy.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Honfleur visit planning tool.

Getting from Paris to Honfleur by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in August, expect nights in Honfleur to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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 21st (Fri): take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, brush up on your military savvy at Musee D-Day Omaha, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, take in the history at Omaha Beach, then steep yourself in history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944, take in the history at Kunstlicher Hafen, take a memorable drive along Les Falaises d'Arromanches, then wander the streets of Quartier du Vaugueux, then make a trip to Eglise Saint-Pierre, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musée de Normandie.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bayeux trip itinerary website.

Getting from Honfleur to Bayeux by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 23rd (Sun), make a trip to Grand Degre, don't miss a visit to Tour de L'Arcade, don't miss a visit to Tour Gabriel, then make a trip to Pointe du Grouin du Sud, then stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, and finally snap pictures at Le Vieux Pont de Ducey.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 2 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Cathedraloscope, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Samson, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique St-Sauveur, then make a trip to Centre Historique, then don't miss a visit to La Tour de l'Horloge, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Malo de Dinan. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pointe du Moulinet, steep yourself in history at Villa les Roches Brunes, kick back and relax at Plage de Bon-Secours, then don't miss a visit to La Grand' Porte, then trek along GR 34, and finally steep yourself in history at Long cours et Cap Horniers (tour Solidor).

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Malo road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vannes.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Vannes

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Gulf

Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musée de Pont-Aven and Cathedrale Saint Pierre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Centre Historique de Vannes and Le Grand Blockhaus. Venture out of the city with trips to Quimper (Musee Departemental Breton, Musee de la Faience de Quimper, &more), Chateau de Keriolet (in Concarneau) and Carnac (Dolmens de Mane Kerioned, Eglise Saint Cornely, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Place Henri IV, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame du Roncier, see the interesting displays at Musee des Marais Salants, and engage your brain at Insectarium de Lizio.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Vannes trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Vannes in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August in Vannes, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Vannes

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Association Hermione-La Fayette and Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits and Musee Maritime de La Rochelle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Rochelle: Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines (in Meschers-sur-Gironde), Fort Louvois (in Bourcefranc le Chapus) and Saintes (Abbaye aux Dames & Amphitheatre de Saintes). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Plage de Chatelaillon, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, see the interesting displays at Abbaye des Chateliers, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Vannes to La Rochelle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, La Rochelle is somewhat warmer than Vannes - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau des Milandes and Chateau Belingard. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vieux Sarlat and Les Noyeraies du Landers. Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Bastide d'Eymet (in Eymet), French Wine Adventures (in Saussignac) and Chateau Lestevenie (in Gageac-et-Rouillac). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Les Cabanes du Breuil, take in the spiritual surroundings of L'Abbaye de Saint-Avit-Senieur, see the interesting displays at Moulin de la Rouzique, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Lacypierre.

Make your Sarlat-la-Caneda itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from La Rochelle to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from La Rochelle in September, Sarlat-la-Caneda is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cité de Carcassonne and O'Vineyards. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateaux de Lastours and Pont Vieux. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Mirepoix (Place des Couverts, Place Marechal Leclerc, &more), Narbonne (Donjon Gilles Aycelin, Musee Archeologique, &more) and Chateau de Paraza (in Paraza). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Rennes le chateau, enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Magdala, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and let your taste buds guide you at Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne route maker website.

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in Carcassonne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 4 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gorges de l'Ardeche and Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle. Get some cultural insight at Ferme des Freres Perrel and Le ron des fades village miniature. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille (Musee de l'Ecole & Musee des Croyances Populaires), Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay (in Le Puy-en-Velay) and Mont Mezenc (in Les Estables). The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at Verasoie Musee Magnanerie, learn about winemaking at Domaine de Montine, and steep yourself in history at Hotel de ville de Vallon Pont d'Arc.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Museums · Parks · Nature · 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palais des Papes and St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime). Explore hidden gems such as Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole and Arc de Triomphe. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Chateau de la Gardine & Chateau de Pape Jean XXII), Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & Espace Van Gogh) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and have fun and explore at Musee 1900.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon vacation planner.

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Nice

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Basilica St. Michel. Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Menton (Cemetery of the Old Chateau & Promenade du Soleil), Fort de la Ligne Maginot (in Sainte-Agnes) and Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, go for a stroll along the water at Old Harbor (La Darse), explore the world behind art at Musee Renoir, and head outdoors with Promenade du Paillon.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nice day trip planning website.

Getting from Avignon to Nice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in September, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): snap pictures at Pont du Diable, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de Toute Grace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Gervais Saint Protais, make a trip to Maison Forte de Hautetour, then see the interesting displays at Musee d'Art Sacre de Saint Nicolas de Veroce, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean Baptiste. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Michel, see the world from above with Chamonix Mont-Blanc Helicopteres, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguilles Rouges, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Alpin, and finally stroll the grounds of Chamonix Cemetery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chamonix tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Nice to Chamonix by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Chamonix

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Colmar

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): do a tasting at Hugel et Fils, learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Saint-Ulrich, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville de Turckheim, then go for a walk through Grand Rue De Colmar, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu.

Plan trip to Colmar with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Colmar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or take a train. September in Colmar sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nancy.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Nancy

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame de Bonsecours, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale et cloitre Saint Etienne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Martin de Sillegny, then admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Gouverneur de Metz, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Maximin. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Place Stanislas, steep yourself in history at Eglise des Cordeliers, pause for some photo ops at Place de la Carriere, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Historique Lorrain, then don't miss a visit to Basilique Saint-Epvre, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Sebastien.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nancy trip site.

Traveling by car from Colmar to Nancy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Reims.

Things to do in Nancy

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Reims

— 7 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Moet et Chandon and La Tranchee de Chattancourt. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilique Saint-Remi and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims. Get out of town with these interesting Reims side-trips: Romagne-sous-Montfaucon (Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial & Romagne 14-18), Billecart-Salmon (in Mareuil-sur-Ay) and Champagne Le Gallais (in Boursault). The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Budding, examine the collection at Musee Automobile Reims-Champagne, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Foujita.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Reims trip planner.

Take a train from Nancy to Reims in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

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.