25 days in France Itinerary

25 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route planner

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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 5 nights
Bus to Gare TGV, Train to Nimes
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Nimes
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Lyon

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste. Colline de Fourviere and Cathedrale Saint Vincent are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Musee de la mine (in Saint-Etienne) and Basilica of Paray-le-Monial (in Paray Le Monial). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon vacation planner.

Montreal, Canada to Lyon is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Lyon is 6 hours. While traveling from Montreal, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lyon, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:

Avignon

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais des Papes and Roman Theatre of Orange. Explore hidden gems such as Musee du Petit Palais and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Tarascon (Porte Condamine Tarascon City Gate & Chateau de Tarascon), Chateau de Grignan (in Grignan) and Arles (St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) & Eglise St-Trophime). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Pierre, see the interesting displays at Silk Conditioning Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Pierre, and don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Avignon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 13:

Aix-en-Provence

— 5 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine and Citadelle de Forcalquier. Get out of town with these interesting Aix-en-Provence side-trips: Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands (in Marseille), Notre Dame du Bourguet (in Forcalquier) and Mane (Eglise Saint-Andre de Mane & Chateau de Sauvan). Dedicate the 16th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Mairie d'Aix-en-Provence, make a trip to Cours Mirabeau, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de la Visitation Catherine de Sienne, and explore the world behind art at Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence road trip planning site.

You can drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Aix-en-Provence are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nimes.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:

Nimes

— 4 nights

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Get some historical perspective at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée and Tour Magne. Musee de la Romanite and Musee 1900 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nimes: Uzes Cathedral (in Uzes), Presbytère des Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons (in Aigues-Mortes). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Un Siecle de Roulottes, step into the grandiose world of Castellum Aquae, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Et-Saint-Castor de Nimes, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nimes trip planner.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Nimes by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:

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.
Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice and Tourrettes-sur-Loup will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice and Villa Kerylos. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Ville medieval (in Vence), Eglise de Biot (in Biot) and Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastère de Cimiez, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nice visit planner.

You can drive from Nimes to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 28:

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.