31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France Trip Planner

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Fly to Carcassonne, Bus to Carcassonne Center
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Carcassonne Center
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne Center

— 3 nights
Bring the kids along to Cité de Carcassonne and Cathar Castles. Change things up with a short trip to Grotte de Niaux in Niaux (about 1h 30 min away).

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center road trip tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Carcassonne Center is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. 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 · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Avignon

— 5 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine (in Vaison-la-Romaine), Arenes de Nimes (in Nimes) and Arc de Triomphe (in Orange). And it doesn't end there: trek along Le Sentier des Ocres, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parcours de L'Art, take in the dramatic natural features at Colorado Provencal, and learn about winemaking at Les Caves Saint Charles.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Avignon trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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 drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Marseille

— 4 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.
Attractions like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Cathédrale La Major make great kid-friendly stops. When in Marseille, make a side trip to see Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras in Cadenet, approximately Cadenet away. Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire, step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, stop by 72% Petanque, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Marseille trip planning website.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; 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 · Adventure

Side Trips

Nice

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Marineland and Place Massena. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Paintball Valley (in Frejus) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, and cruise along Tete de Chien.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, 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 fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Lyon

— 2 nights

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.
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 Colline de Fourviere and then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon tour itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Nice to Lyon in 2.5 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 fly to Bayeux.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks

Bayeux

— 4 nights
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 Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Bayeux War Cemetery. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Clecygliss (in Clecy), Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, have some family-friendly fun at Laser Game Evolution Caen/Bretteville sur Odon, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Lyon to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Bayeux are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Paris

— 7 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.
Kids will enjoy Musee d'Orsay and Arc de Triomphe. Venture out of the city with trips to Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paris itinerary planning website.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.