32 days in France Itinerary

32 days in France Itinerary

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Reims
— 4 nights
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Lille
— 2 nights
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Honfleur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
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Chatelaillon-Plage
— 2 nights
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Albi
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Reims

— 4 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eglise Saint Jacques and Hotel Le Vergeur Museum. Visit Cathedrale Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais and Basilique de Saint-Quentin for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reims: Cite du Champagne (in Ay), Aisne Marne American Cemetery (in Belleau) and Ensemble abbatial Saint-Martin (in Laon). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Champagne DOMI, soak in style at KineOspa, ponder the design of Fontaine Sube, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Reims online trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Reims is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Reims is 1 hour. January in Reims sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lille.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Lille

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Bouvines, examine the collection at Asnapio, then examine the collection at La Manufacture, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Christophe. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place du Theatre, then witness the site of a historic battle at Fromelles and Flanders Battlefield Tours, and then examine the collection at Musee de la Vie Rurale.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lille online trip planner.

You can drive from Reims to Lille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Lille are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Honfleur.

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Honfleur

— 2 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Eglise Saint-Leonard, make a trip to Greniers a sel de Honfleur, then explore the galleries of Abbaye de Graville, and finally get great views at Panorama Mont-Joli. On the next day, stroll through Plages de Houlgate, then soak in style at O Voyage des Sens, and then sample the fine beverages at Calvados Christian Drouin.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Honfleur trip planner.

You can drive from Lille to Honfleur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Honfleur, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, learn about winemaking at Cidre Sorre, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Terre- Neuvas, and finally make a trip to La Grand' Porte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, and then see the interesting displays at Musee des Amis des Bisquines et du Vieux Cancale.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo road trip planner.

Getting from Honfleur to Saint-Malo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Saint-Malo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chatelaillon-Plage.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Chatelaillon-Plage

— 2 nights
Châtelaillon-Plage is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France.It is located south of the city of La Rochelle and is also a suburb. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): learn insider's secrets on Galerie de l'Alambic, then examine the collection at Les Tresors de Lisette, then examine the collection at La Construction Pharaonique, Les Outils, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at L’Eglise de Surgeres. Keep things going the next day: try to win big at Casino de Chatelaillon and then try to win big at Hippodrome de Chatelaillon-Plage.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chatelaillon-Plage trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Saint-Malo to Chatelaillon-Plage by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Albi.

Things to do in Chatelaillon-Plage

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 23rd (Sun), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, and then admire the striking features of Palais de la Berbie.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Albi online travel route planner.

Getting from Chatelaillon-Plage to Albi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Albi

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites

Carcassonne

— 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at Bunker 638 and Domaine Castan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine and Abbey of Saint-Hilaire. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Limoux (Maison Guinot & Basilique Notre-Dame de Marceille), Chapelle de Novilis (in Maraussan) and Mirepoix (Bastide de Mirepoix & Place des Couverts). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Memorial House (Maison des Memoires), learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, and slough off your stress at Eliospa.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne road trip app.

You can drive from Albi to Carcassonne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Spas

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille and St. Vincent de Paul Church. Popular historic sites such as Eglise Saint-Laurent and Grotte de Sainte Marie Madeleine are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque (in Aix-en-Provence), Golf Sainte Baume (in Nans-les-Pins) and Chateau de la Gardine (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Accoules, examine the collection at Pavillon M, and stop by Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip site.

Fly from Carcassonne to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Golf

Side Trips

Nice

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Les Musees de La Citadelle and Musee Franciscain. Discover out-of-the-way places like Institut de Francais and La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Fort de la Ligne Maginot (in Sainte-Agnes), Chapelle des Penitents Blancs (in Peillon) and St-Paul-de-Vence (Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs & La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Citadelle Saint-Elme, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame du Port, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and ponder the design of Fontaine du Soleil.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Nice road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Nice, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Lyon

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee d'Histoire de Lyon and Eglise Saint Nizier. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Memorial National de la Prison de Montluc and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Musee de l'Ancien Eveche (in Grenoble) and Vizille (Musee de la Revolution Francaise & Parc du Chateau de Vizille). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee de l'Imprimerie de Lyon, make a trip to Abbaye de Saint Martin d'Ainay, examine the collection at Musee Urbain Tony Garnier, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Mona Spa Lyon-Chassieu.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lyon online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, Lyon is little chillier than Nice - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

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.