27 days in France Itinerary

27 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
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Saint-Malo
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Grimaud
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Paris

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Visiting Île de la Cité and L'Orangerie will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Le Marais, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, and stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris online visit planner.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Addis Ababa to Paris. While traveling from Addis Ababa, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Maison Lebrec.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer road trip planner.

Drive from Paris to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 5 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de l'Ecluse and Pointe D'Agon. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Mont Saint-Michel. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Nick, stroll through Plage du Sillon, make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, and learn about winemaking at Cidre Sorre.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo online route maker.

You can drive from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cité de Carcassonne and Cathar Castles. Do some cultural sightseeing at O'Vineyards and Carcassonne Cathedral. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to La Franqui Beach (in La Franqui), Lac de la Raho (in Villeneuve-de-la-Raho) and La Plage du Rouet de La Palme (in La Palme). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, and snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

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Getting from Saint-Malo to Carcassonne by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Get some historical perspective at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Chateau de la Gardine (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape), Trolib (in Cassis) and Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely & Musee Granet). It doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Panier and admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

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Drive from Carcassonne to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grimaud.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Grimaud

— 3 nights
Visiting Dune La Londe and Plage de l'Almanarre will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Port Grimaud 1 Beach and Plage de l'Escalet. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grimaud: Plage de Cabasson (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Plage de Cavaliere (in Le Lavandou) and Daskalides Chocolatier (in La Londe Les Maures).

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Grimaud road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Grimaud takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Grimaud

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Nice

— 6 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rue d'Antibes and La Croisette. Relax by the water at La Spiaggia and Eze Sur Mer Strand. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie (in Cannes) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nice visit planner.

Drive from Grimaud to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Grimaud in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 8°C in Nice. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

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.