31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Dijon
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Albi
— 1 night
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights

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Lyon

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.
Musee Miniature et Cinema and Institut & Musee Lumiere are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Cite du Chocolat Valrhona and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres) and Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges). There's lots more to do: visit The Presqu'ile, browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, and get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lyon holiday planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Lyon is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Wellington to Lyon. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Wellington in November; daily highs in Lyon reach 13°C and lows reach 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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2
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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.
On the 30th (Tue), make a trip to Place de la Liberation, examine the collection at Le Cassissium, do a tasting at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, then trek along Owl's Trail, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Drive from Lyon to Dijon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Dijon sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Dijon

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

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Winery / Vineyard
La Cave de l'Ange Gardien
4.5
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Specialty Museum
Le Cassissium
4.2

3
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Marseille

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.
Get some cultural insight at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Cathédrale La Major. Visiting Parc National des Calanques and Le Sentier des Ocres will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence) and L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market (in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Panier and explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Marseille day trip planning site.

Getting from Dijon to Marseille by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, Marseille is a bit warmer than Dijon - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums

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Hiking Trail
Le Sentier des Ocres
4.4
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Geologic Formation
Calanques
4.7

3
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Arles

Arles ©

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
You'll explore and learn at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Espace Georges Brassens. Escape the urban bustle at Espiguette Beach and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. Get out of town with these interesting Arles side-trips: Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Horseback Riding Tours & Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montmajour, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime, and look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Arles driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Marseille in December, expect nights in Arles to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Arles

Side Trips

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Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Albi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Albi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Albi, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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3
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Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plage du Sillon and Les Remparts de Dinan. Visit Abbaye de Beauport and Saint-Malo Cathedral for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Malo: Chateau de Fougeres (in Fougeres) and Cap Fréhel (in Plevenon). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, indulge your taste buds at Marche aux Huitres, and don't miss a visit to Centre Historique.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo trip planner.

Getting from Albi to Saint-Malo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albi in December, Saint-Malo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

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Must see
Plage du Sillon
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Lighthouse
Cap Fréhel
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Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Memorial de Caen and Musee du debarquement will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Maison du Biscuit and Pointe du Hoc. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, take in the history at Omaha Beach, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, and learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux route planner.

Getting from Saint-Malo to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

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Battlefield
Omaha Beach
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3
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Honfleur

Honfleur ©
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Get some historical perspective at Notre Dame de Grace and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Chemin des Douaniers and Deauville Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Honfleur: Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rue du Gros-Horloge, &more) and Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Trouville and make a trip to Vieux Bassin.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Honfleur trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Bayeux to Honfleur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bayeux in December, you will find days in Honfleur are slightly colder (8°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Honfleur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Paris

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Army Museum and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. Head to Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann and Avant-Garde Galleryfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Latin Quarter, examine the collection at Musee des Arts Forains, admire the masterpieces at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, and stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris tour planner.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Must see
The Army Museum
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Latin Quarter
4.4

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