11 days in France Itinerary

11 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Nice
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Albi
— 1 night
Fly
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Nice

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, then wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee Matisse and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tourrettes-sur-Loup.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nice online travel route planner.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Addis Ababa to Nice. When traveling from Addis Ababa in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Carcassonne

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, stop by Cité de Carcassonne, then snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Carcassonne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in November, expect Carcassonne to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Albi planning website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Albi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, then get outside with Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Albi to Bayeux in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Paris

— 4 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.
Shop till you drop at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.