22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

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22 days in France Itinerary

Start: Paris
1
Paris
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Epernay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Lyon
— 4 nights
4
Avignon
— 1 night
train + bus:  1​h
5
Aix-en-Provence
— 6 nights
bus + train:  3​h 45​min
6
Paris
— 2 nights
End: Paris

6
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Fontainebleau and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get a sense of the local culture at Chartres Cathedral and Musee d'Orsay. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, stroll the grounds of The Catacombs of Paris, and explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris online travel route planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Epernay.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chartres Cathedral, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

2
nights
Epernay

Epernay ©
Best known for its Champagne production, Épernay is a small town featuring several famous brands, including Moët & Chandon, that have been aged in the miles of tunneled cellars carved from chalk rock beneath the town.
On the 10th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Champagne Philippe Martin, do a tasting at Champagne Joseph Desruets, learn about winemaking at Champagne Bochet-Lemoine, then learn about winemaking at Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, and finally do a tasting at Champagne Boizel - Atelier 1834. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Champagne Pierre Legras, indulge your taste buds at Champagne Henry de Vaugency, do a tasting at Champagne Patrick Pougeoise, then do a tasting at Champagne Bernard Lonclas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Amand.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Epernay trip maker tool .

Getting from Paris to Epernay by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in May, Epernay is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Epernay

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Champagne Bernard Lonclas, Champagne Pierre Morlet, Champagne Patrick Pougeoise, Champagne Philippe Martin, Champagne Thierry Rodez
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Champagne Boizel - Atelier 1834 ©
Champagne Boizel - Atelier 1834
Eglise Saint Amand ©
Eglise Saint Amand
Paul-Etienne Saint Germain ©
Paul-Etienne Saint Germain

4
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval and Cite medievale de Perouges. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Cormatin and Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Monastere Royal de Brou (in Bourg-en-Bresse) and Abbaye Saint-Philibert (in Tournus). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, make a trip to Le Mur Des Canuts, and examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lyon trip builder .

Traveling by car from Epernay to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and tram. Traveling from Epernay in May, Lyon is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Abbaye Saint-Philibert, Cite medievale de Perouges, Chateau de Cormatin, Monastere Royal de Brou
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Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Chateau de Cormatin ©
Chateau de Cormatin
Abbaye Saint-Philibert ©
Abbaye Saint-Philibert

1
night
Avignon

Avignon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Avignon visit planner.

Take a train from Lyon to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in May, expect nights in Avignon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Carrieres des Lumieres, Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole
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Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole ©
Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Musee du Petit Palais ©
Musee du Petit Palais

6
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Visit Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Calanques and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Aix-en-Provence side-trips: Marseille (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, Cathédrale La Major, & more), Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres) and Moustiers Sainte-Marie (Musee de la Faience & Notre Dame de Beauvoir). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Forcalquier, and explore the world behind art at Chateau La Coste en Provence.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. May in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Marseille, Forcalquier, Moustiers Sainte-Marie, Calanques, Chartreuse de la Verne
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Notre Dame de Beauvoir ©
Notre Dame de Beauvoir
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre ©
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre

2
nights
Paris

Paris ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): examine the collection at Musee Rodin, then stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise), and then wander the streets of Le Marais.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris tour planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Aix-en-Provence to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise ©
Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter ©
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

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