23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 3 nights
Train
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Troyes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 2 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.
On the 20th (Fri), take a stroll through Île de la Cité, then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, then examine the collection at Fondation Louis Vuitton, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary maker tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

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Bordeaux

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take a stroll through Port of the Moon, examine the collection at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, then view the masterpieces at Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Aquitaine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Saint Ahon, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Taillan, then identify plant and animal life at Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), and finally admire the striking features of Église Notre-Dame.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

3
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Toulouse

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fondation Bemberg and Chateau Foucaud et parc. Chateau Fort of Lourdes and Musee Saint-Raymond will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Toulouse's surroundings by going to Lourdes (Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix & Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception) and Carcassonne Center (Cité de Carcassonne, Cathar Castles, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Carmelites, take in the exciting artwork at Hotel d'Assezat, and steep yourself in history at Espace EDF Bazacle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Toulouse trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Chateau de Grignan and Palais du Roure. Get some cultural insight at Palais des Papes and Un Siecle de Roulottes. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Ile de la Barthelasse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms, get to know the fascinating history of Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers), and take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip planner.

You can drive from Toulouse to Avignon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Monastère de Cimiez and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musée Marc Chagall and Vieille Ville. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, take a stroll through Place Rossetti, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

Getting from Avignon to Nice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, Nice is somewhat warmer than Avignon - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

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Chamonix

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Le Chemin du Calvaire and Chamonix Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Parasailing & Paragliding and Eglise Saint Michel. Step out of Chamonix with an excursion to Eglise Saint-Jean Baptiste in Megeve--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Aiguilles Rouges, and explore the activities along Lac Cornu.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Chamonix takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Troyes.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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Troyes

Jerusalem of Stained Glass

Many half-timbered houses from the 16th century remain in wonderful condition in the old town of Troyes.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Urbain, appreciate the history behind Lili, see the interesting displays at Apothicairerie de l'hotel Dieu le Conte, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint Nizier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Remy, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise-Saint-Pantaleon.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Troyes attractions site.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Troyes takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Troyes

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

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Paris

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take a stroll through Montmartre and then ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, admire the masterpieces at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Marmottan Monet, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip site.

You can drive from Troyes to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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France travel guide

4.2
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.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.