10 days in France Itinerary

10 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paris
— 2 nights
Train
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Lyon
— 1 night
Train
3
Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
4
Arles
— 1 night
Drive
5
Dijon
Train
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Paris
— 1 night
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Paris

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then snap pictures at Pont Alexandre III.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paris vacation maker tool.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -11 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Christchurch in November: highs in Paris hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Lyon

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lyon trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Avignon

— 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Avignon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:

Arles

— 1 night

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Arles route planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Arles in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dijon.

Things to do in Arles

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:

Dijon

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dijon online trip builder.

Getting from Arles to Dijon by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Arles in November, things will get little chillier in Dijon: highs are around 11°C and lows about 3°C. On the 6th (Sat), you'll travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dijon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours
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Paris

— 1 night

City of Light

On the 7th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and then get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paris planner.

You can take a train from Dijon to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

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.