3 days in France Itinerary

3 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Albi
— 1 day
Drive
2
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Train
3
Lyon
— 1 night
Train

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Albi

— 1 day
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 11th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Albi route planning site.

Paris to Albi is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In January in Albi, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Chateaux de Lastours, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Albi to Carcassonne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lyon

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 13th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, then get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lyon online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Lyon by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. January in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums

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.