31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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Start: Dublin
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Carcassonne Center
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Avignon
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Nice
— 5 nights
Fly + Tram:  3 h
5
Lyon
— 2 nights
Tram + Fly:  4 h
6
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Paris
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Dublin

3
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Bring the kids along to Cité de Carcassonne and O2 Aventure. Change things up with a short trip to Grotte de Niaux in Niaux (about 1h 30 min away).

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center road trip tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Carcassonne Center is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Carcassonne Center due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in November: high temperatures in Carcassonne Center hover around 15°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Grotte de Niaux, O'Vineyards
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Grotte de Niaux ©
Grotte de Niaux
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O2 Aventure ©
O2 Aventure

5
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
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.
Bring the kids along to Palais des Papes and Arenes de Nimes. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Triumphal Arch (in Orange), Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine (in Vaison-la-Romaine) and Roussillon (Parcours de L'Art, Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, explore the striking landscape at Colorado Provencal, relax in the rural setting at Ferme Pedagogique de l'Oiselet, and ponder the world of politics at Hotel De Ville Avignon.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Avignon trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Gordes, Les Caves Saint Charles, Triumphal Arch, Arenes de Nimes, Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine
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Le Sentier des Ocres ©
Le Sentier des Ocres
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Le Parc Alexis Gruss ©
Le Parc Alexis Gruss

4
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
When in Marseille, make a side trip to see Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras in Cadenet, approximately Cadenet away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, whizz through the canopy at Ecopark Adventures, and look for gifts at 72% Petanque.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Marseille trip planning website.

You can take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calanques, Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, Montagne Sainte Victoire
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Montagne Sainte Victoire ©
Montagne Sainte Victoire
Calanques ©
Calanques
Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If

5
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Kids will enjoy Marineland and Castel Plage. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Paintball Valley (in Frejus) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). The adventure continues: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and take in the dramatic natural features at Tete de Chien.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nice day trip planning app.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Nice, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paintball Valley, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, Lérins Islands, Tete de Chien, Les Gorges du Verdon
Highlights from your plan
Marineland ©
Marineland
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon

2
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and then don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill and then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon tour itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and tram from Nice to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nice in December, with highs in Lyon at 9°C and lows at 1°C. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant and Festyland Parc. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Clecygliss (in Clecy) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, kick back and relax at Omaha Beach, and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip maker.

Traveling by combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Bayeux takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Bayeux sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bretteville Sur Odon, Normandy American Cemetery, Clecygliss, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Omaha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant ©
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant
Festyland Parc ©
Festyland Parc

7
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Kids will enjoy Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Disneyland Paris. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, and admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Paris attractions planner.

Take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Disneyland Paris, Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Jardin d'Acclimatation ©
Jardin d'Acclimatation

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