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.
To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip app.

Brussels, Belgium to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. While traveling from Brussels, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll travel to Limoges.

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.
To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Limoges tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Paris to Limoges in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in July: highs in Limoges hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 17°C. You will leave for Toulouse on the 6th (Tue).

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.
For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse online trip planner.

You can drive from Limoges to Toulouse in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Limoges in July, you will find days in Toulouse are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). You'll set off for Carcassonne on the 7th (Wed).

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.
To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carcassonne vacation planner.

You can drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You will leave for Narbonne on the 7th (Wed).

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.
To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Narbonne trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Narbonne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. You will leave for Montpellier on the 10th (Sat).

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.
To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Montpellier day trip planner.

You can drive from Narbonne to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Montpellier are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): kick back and relax at Plage du Capelan.

To see photos and other tourist information, read Marseille online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 17th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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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.