39 days in France Itinerary

39 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 5 nights
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Albi
— 1 night
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Colmar
— 2 nights
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Reims
— 3 nights
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Blois
— 5 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Paris
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Place Garibaldi and Le Suquet. Visit Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Vieille Ville for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Marche Forville, &more) and La Londe Les Maures (Daskalides Chocolatier & Dune La Londe). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nice online driving holiday planner.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Addis Ababa to Nice, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Addis Ababa in November, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Carrieres des Lumieres. Step off the beaten path and head to Abbaye de Montmajour and St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime). Get out of town with these interesting Arles side-trips: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, enjoy the sand and surf at Espiguette Beach, and contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime.

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You can drive from Nice to Arles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, Arles is little chillier than Nice - with highs of 12°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Fabre and Musee De L'ecole. Do some cultural sightseeing at O'Vineyards and Cathar Castles. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Sentier du Littoral (in Argeles-sur-Mer), Collioure (Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, Chateau Royale de Collioure, &more) and Les Halles de Narbonne (in Narbonne). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, contemplate the long history of Porte du Peyrou, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Arles to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, take in the views from Pont Vieux, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Albi online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Albi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Albi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Colmar

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 12th (Sat), make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Martin, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Israelite, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, then explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Koeberle-Kreyer.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Colmar trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Albi to Colmar takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Colmar sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Reims.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Reims

— 3 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Get a sense of the local culture at Moet et Chandon and Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin. Basilique Saint-Remi and Palais du Tau will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Avenue de Champagne in Epernay (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, and learn about winemaking at Champagne Pascal Devilliers.

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Traveling by train from Colmar to Reims takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Blois.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Blois

— 5 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau de Villandry. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Valencay and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blois: Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais), La Chevallerie - Gaetan BRUNEAU wines (in Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, and make a trip to Chateau de Chambord.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Blois trip maker app.

You can drive from Reims to Blois in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Blois can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Abbaye de Beauport and Promenade du Clair de Lune. Discover out-of-the-way places like Plage du Sillon and Saint-Malo Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Malo: Perros-Guirec (Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h & Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles), Cap Fréhel (in Plevenon) and Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, slough off your stress at Awelys Spa Privatif, learn about winemaking at Cidre Sorre, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saint-Malo travel route planner.

Drive from Blois to Saint-Malo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Blois in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Saint-Malo, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Memorial de Caen and Omaha Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee du debarquement and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Maison Lebrec (in Saint Pierre du Mont), La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, stroll through Deauville Beach, and brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

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Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paris

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Fontainebleau and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and make a trip to Louvre Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paris online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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.