23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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23 days in France Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Paris
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Saumur
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Albi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Antibes
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
9
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Montmartre, admire the striking features of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and finally step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Paris online travel route planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. May in Paris sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Airborne Museum. Popular historic sites such as Omaha Beach and Notre Dame Cathedral are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Church of Angoville-Au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Saint Catherine's Church (in Honfleur). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Memorial of Caen, explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pointe du Hoc, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, Omaha Beach
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee des Amis des Bisquines et du Vieux Cancale, then get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mont Saint-Michel. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Fort La Latte, then make a trip to Cap Fréhel, then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cancale, Fort La Latte, Promenade du Clair de Lune, Centre Historique, Mont Saint-Michel
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:
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Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin
Cap Fréhel ©
Cap Fréhel
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

2
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle St Guirec, then get curious at Cite des Telecoms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Theodore, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre-Dame du Yaudet. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Sentier des douaniers, then identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Cathedrale Saint-Tugdual, and finally steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Beauport.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Perros-Guirec online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Saint-Malo to Perros-Guirec in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Perros-Guirec sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Saumur.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Chapelle Notre-Dame du Yaudet, La Cathedrale Saint-Tugdual, Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, Cite des Telecoms, Abbaye de Beauport
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h
Abbaye de Beauport ©
Abbaye de Beauport
Sentier des douaniers ©
Sentier des douaniers

2
nights
Saumur

Saumur ©
Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de l'Islette, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and then admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, then admire the natural beauty at Castle of Angers, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee des Blindes.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Saumur visit site .

Traveling by car from Perros-Guirec to Saumur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Perros-Guirec in June, expect nights in Saumur to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Albi.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Azay-le-Rideau, Chateau d'Angers, Chateau de Villandry, Chateau de Langeais
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:
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Château de l'Islette ©
Château de l'Islette
Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry
Musee des Blindes ©
Musee des Blindes

1
night
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, then admire the landmark architecture of Palais de la Berbie, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Coupiac, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Brousse le Chateau, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame d'Alban, then examine the collection at Musee du Saut du Tarn, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Dreche.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Albi trip website .

Traveling by car from Saumur to Albi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Saumur in June; daily highs in Albi reach 31°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Eglise Notre Dame d'Alban, Musee du Saut du Tarn, Chateau de Coupiac, Chateau de Brousse le Chateau
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally take a stroll through Carcassonne Medieval City. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, then steep yourself in history at Bastide de Mirepoix, then step into the grandiose world of Le Chateau de Lagarde, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne Center vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Albi to Carcassonne Center takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Bastide de Mirepoix, Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, Eglise Notre-Dame, Le Chateau de Lagarde
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

2
nights
Antibes

Antibes ©
The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
On the 10th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon, then see the interesting displays at Le Musee du Parfum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Suquet, and finally take a stroll through La Croisette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and then step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Antibes vacation planner .

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Antibes in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. June in Antibes sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nice.

Things to do in Antibes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cannes, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Le Musee du Parfum, Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:
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Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

4
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Matisse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and Choisy La Galerie capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Tourrettes-sur-Loup (in Tourrettes-sur-Loup) and Menton (Basilica St. Michel & Old Chateau Cemetery). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade Le Corbusier, contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos, and go for a stroll along the water at Old Harbor (La Darse).

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nice day trip planner .

Nice is very close to Antibes. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Menton, Eze, St-Paul-de-Vence, Promenade Le Corbusier, Tourrettes-sur-Loup
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

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