16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 1 night
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Limoges
— 3 nights
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Toulouse
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 1 day
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Narbonne
— 3 nights
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Montpellier
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Paris

— 1 night

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.
For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder site.

Brussels, Belgium to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You'll set off for Limoges on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife · Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites

Limoges

— 3 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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Limoges trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Limoges by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 19th (Wed), you're off to Toulouse.

Things to do in Limoges

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Toulouse

— 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Limoges to Toulouse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Toulouse are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 20th (Thu), you're off to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Carcassonne

— 1 day

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.
For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You'll set off for Narbonne on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Carcassonne

Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Narbonne

— 3 nights

Crossroads of the South

The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Narbonne trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Narbonne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Narbonne are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Montpellier.

Things to do in Narbonne

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Montpellier

— 4 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Montpellier itinerary maker.

Drive from Narbonne to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 27th (Thu), you're off to Marseille.

Things to do in Montpellier

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife

Marseille

— 3 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.
On the 28th (Fri), kick back and relax at Plage du Capelan.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille sightseeing app.

Getting from Montpellier to Marseille by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Marseille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

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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.