25 days in France Itinerary

25 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Train to Dol De Bretagne, Taxi to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Train
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Paris

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & Palace of Versailles). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Paris is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Riyadh in November, things will get colder in Paris: highs are around 12°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 3:

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord, and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. December in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and then get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then examine the collection at Musee du debarquement.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bayeux travel planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

2
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Lyon

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 7th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bayeux in December since evenings lows in Lyon dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

2
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Avignon

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 9th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet, and finally make a trip to Les Grottes de Cales. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then tee off at Golf de Servanes.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon travel route planning site.

Take a train from Lyon to Avignon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Avignon sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

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Carcassonne

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.
On the 11th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, then take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

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Marseille

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 find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Trolib (in Cassis). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, don't miss a visit to Parc National des Calanques, and browse the exhibits of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille journey builder tool.

Getting from Carcassonne to Marseille by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Marseille are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

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Hyeres

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stroll around Parc Olbius-Riquier, then walk around Parc Sainte-Claire, and then surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe. Keep things going the next day: stop by Le village des Tortues, examine the collection at Confiserie Azureenne, and then slough off your stress at Pause Serenite.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read Hyeres tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

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Nice

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nice tour planning app.

You can drive from Hyeres to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:

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.