29 days in France Itinerary

29 days in France Itinerary

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29 days in France Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + tram:  11​h 30​min
1
Lyon
— 12 nights
2
Avignon
— 7 nights
3
Antibes
— 5 nights
train:  15​min
4
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Montreal

12
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.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Crussol and Jardin des Fontaines Petrifiantes. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of Paray-le-Monial and Chateau de Cormatin. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Brancion (in Martailly-les-Brancion), Eglise Saint-Gervais et Saint-Protais (in Ozenay) and Taize Community (in Taize). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Institut & Musee Lumiere, get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, steep yourself in history at Cite medievale de Perouges, and step into the grandiose world of Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to Lyon is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and tram. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and tram. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Lyon is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chambery, Tain-l'Hermitage, Musee International de la Chaussure (International Footwear Museum), Chateau de Crussol, Eglise Saint-Gervais et Saint-Protais
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Abbaye Saint-Philibert ©
Abbaye Saint-Philibert
Chateau de Cormatin ©
Chateau de Cormatin

7
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Citadelle de Forcalquier and Eglise Saint Pierre. Explore hidden gems such as Ile de la Barthelasse and Abbaye de Montmajour. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Chateau de Grignan (in Grignan), Forteresse de Mornas (in Mornas) and Pope John XXII's Castle (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, steep yourself in history at Musee du Petit Palais, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tarascon.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Avignon trip maker tool .

Take a train from Lyon to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Avignon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Antibes.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arles, Marseille, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Apt, Citadelle de Forcalquier
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
La Citadelle de Sisteron ©
La Citadelle de Sisteron
Forteresse de Mornas ©
Forteresse de Mornas

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Your inner history buff will appreciate Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) and Abbey of Thoronet. Explore Antibes' surroundings by going to Chapelle Sainte Roseline (in Les Arcs sur Argens), Abbaye de Valbonne (in Valbonne) and Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime (in Saint-Tropez). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, steep yourself in history at Fort Carre, make a trip to Le Nomade, and shop like a local with La Croisette.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Antibes trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Avignon to Antibes in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in September, Antibes is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nice.

Things to do in Antibes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Cannes, Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, Abbey of Thoronet, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire
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Abbey of Thoronet ©
Abbey of Thoronet
Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon ©
Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes ©

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ville medieval and Promenade Le Corbusier. Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Venture out of the city with trips to Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Tourrettes-sur-Loup (in Tourrettes-sur-Loup) and Menton (Basilica St. Michel & Cemetery of the Old Chateau). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, stroll through Old Harbor (La Darse), and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nice driving holiday planner.

Nice is just a stone's throw from Antibes. In September, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Menton, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Old Harbor (La Darse), Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche
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Place Garibaldi ©
Place Garibaldi
Promenade Le Corbusier ©
Promenade Le Corbusier
Tourrettes-sur-Loup ©
Tourrettes-sur-Loup

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