32 days in France Itinerary

32 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Taxi to Dol De Bretagne, Train to Paris
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Paris
— 6 nights
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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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Nice is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect Nice to be cooler, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Hyeres

— 4 nights
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Le village des Tortues (in Gonfaron), Confiserie Azureenne (in Collobrieres) and La Certosa di La Verne (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, walk around Parc Olbius-Riquier, explore the world behind art at La Maison du Cygne, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hyeres sightseeing website.

You can drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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Aix-en-Provence

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aix-en-Provence: Marseille (The Panier, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more), Cassis (Trolib & Cape Canaille) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, make a trip to Cours Mirabeau, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Hyeres to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

Carcassonne

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, then take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

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 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Chateau des Baux de Provence, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Avignon trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Avignon are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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Lyon

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Lyon trip website.

You can take a train from Avignon to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience (in Pont-L'Eveque) and Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, and take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Bayeux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, make a trip to Tour du Nord, and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (L'Orangerie, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:

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.