23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Train to Paris St Lazare, Fly to Newark

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Nice

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Lérins Islands), Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Antibes (Musee Picasso & Le Nomade). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary planner.

Glasgow, UK to Nice is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Glasgow to Nice, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Glasgow in September, with highs in Nice at 76°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

4
nights
Avignon

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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Marseille (Le Vieux Port & Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde), Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Dedicate the 28th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip maker app.

You can drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Avignon, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

2
nights
Carcassonne

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 29th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, then snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, make a trip to La Porte D'aude, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip builder tool.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

5
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Paris

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Water Parterres, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Le Marais, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

Discover how to plan a Paris trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Carcassonne in September, plan for little chillier days in Paris, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

2
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Rouen

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 6th (Thu), make a trip to Les Racines du Ciel, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, head outdoors with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Meshi Mushki.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rouen day trip website.

You can drive from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

4
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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, get outside with Omaha Beach, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Bayeux vacation planner.

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.