12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Montpellier
— 5 nights
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Perpignan
— 4 nights
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Avignon

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mines de Bruoux, trek along Le Sentier des Ocres, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, examine the collection at Musee Angladon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Pierre, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet.

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Barcelona, Spain to Avignon is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Montpellier

— 5 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cathedrale St-Just, Porte du Peyrou, Via Domitia of Narbonne, and other attractions. Venture out of the city with trips to Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres), Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon) and Domaine de Beaurenard (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Bertrand Bosc, wander the streets of Place de la Comedie, explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de L'Annonciade.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Montpellier trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Avignon to Montpellier by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel to Perpignan.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 13:

Perpignan

— 4 nights
Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Venture out of the city with trips to Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean), Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan) and Chateau de Peyrepertuse (in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cathedrale St-Jean, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame-des-Auzils, and take some stellar pictures from Castillet.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Perpignan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Perpignan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Perpignan can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Perpignan

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.