31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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31 days in France Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
1
Carcassonne Center
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Avignon
— 5 nights
3
Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Nice
— 5 nights
Fly + tram:  3​h
5
Lyon
— 2 nights
+3
tram + Fly + bus + train:  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 ©
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.
Kids will enjoy Carcassonne Medieval City and Lac de la Cavayere. Step out of Carcassonne to go to Tarascon-sur-Ariege and see Grotte de Niaux, which is approximately 1:40 hours away. There's still lots to do: enjoy some diversion at O2 Aventure Lac de la Cavayere, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne, and trek along Mayronnes Sculpture Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne tour planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Carcassonne is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Dublin to Carcassonne, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Dublin, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Grotte de Niaux, O'Vineyards
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Grotte de Niaux ©
Grotte de Niaux
Lac de la Cavayere ©
Lac de la Cavayere
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

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. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Roussillon (Tapiezo & Le Sentier des Ocres), Colorado Provencal (in Rustrel), Les Caves Saint Charles SAS (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape), Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine (in Vaison-la-Romaine), Arc de Triomphe (in Orange), Ferme Pedagogique de l'Oiselet (in Sarrians) and Le Parc Alexis Gruss (in Piolenc). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, ponder the world of politics at Hôtel de Ville, and hike along Parcours de L'Art.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Avignon itinerary planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 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 Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gordes, Arenes de Nimes, Les Caves Saint Charles, Ferme Pedagogique de l'Oiselet, Arc de Triomphe
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Ferme Pedagogique de l'Oiselet ©
Ferme Pedagogique de l'Oiselet
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Montagne Sainte Victoire (in Aix-en-Provence) and Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet). Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle of If, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint-Victor, and get in on the family fun at Ecopark Adventures - Marseille St Jérôme.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Avignon to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Marseille, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calanques, Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, Montagne Sainte Victoire
Highlights from your plan
Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras ©
Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras
Calanques ©
Calanques
Montagne Sainte Victoire ©
Montagne Sainte Victoire

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marineland and Castel Plage. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Paintball Valley (in Frejus). There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nice vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Nice, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Outdoors Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll through Parc de la Tete d'Or, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and then make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Nice to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, things will get a bit cooler in Lyon: highs are around 7°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Outdoors 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
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon

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.
Bring the kids along to Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant and Festyland Parc. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Laser Game Evolution Caen (in Bretteville Sur Odon) and Clecygliss (in Clecy).

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

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Lyon to Bayeux takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. When traveling from Lyon in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bayeux: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bretteville Sur Odon, Clecygliss, Omaha Beach, Mont Saint-Michel, Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel
Festyland Parc ©
Festyland Parc
Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant ©
Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant

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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou will thrill your kids. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Bayeux to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bayeux in December, with highs in Paris at 8°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites 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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