31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Train to Lyon
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dijon
— 2 nights
Train
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Albi
— 1 night
Fly
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 7 nights
Fly

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Lyon

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.
Cite medievale de Perouges and Institut & Musee Lumiere are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Cite du Chocolat Valrhona and Musee Miniature et Cinema will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Safari de Peaugres in Peaugres (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: visit The Presqu'ile, get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lyon holiday planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Lyon is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Wellington to Lyon. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Wellington in November; daily highs in Lyon reach 13°C and lows reach 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

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Dijon

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
On the 30th (Tue), make a trip to Place de la Liberation, examine the collection at Le Cassissium, do a tasting at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, then trek along Owl's Trail, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Drive from Lyon to Dijon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Dijon sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Dijon

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

3
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Marseille

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get some cultural insight at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and The Panier. Visiting Parc National des Calanques and Calanques will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market (in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue), Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

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Take a train from Dijon to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dijon in December; daily highs in Marseille reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

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3
nights
Arles

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
You'll explore and learn at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Espace Georges Brassens. Escape the urban bustle at Espiguette Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Arles side-trips: Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Montmajour, identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, and explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Arles driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Marseille in December, expect nights in Arles to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

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Albi

Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Albi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Albi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Albi, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cap Fréhel and Abbaye de Beauport. Visit Promenade du Clair de Lune and Pointe du Grouin for their historical value. Step out of Saint-Malo with an excursion to Chateau de Fougeres in Fougeres--about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint-Malo Cathedral, indulge your taste buds at Marche aux Huitres, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Sillon, and enjoy breathtaking views from Les Remparts de Dinan.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saint-Malo trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Albi to Saint-Malo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Saint-Malo, with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:

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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and Airborne Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Take a break from Bayeux with a short trip to La Maison du Biscuit in Sortosville-en-Beaumont, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, take in the history at Omaha Beach, and learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux route planner.

Getting from Saint-Malo to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:

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Honfleur

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Get some historical perspective at Notre Dame de Grace and Rue du Gros-Horloge. Step off the beaten path and head to Chemin des Douaniers and Gros-Horloge. Change things up with these side-trips from Honfleur: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen) and Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Trouville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Deauville Beach, don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Honfleur online trip planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Honfleur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Bayeux in December, plan for little chillier days in Honfleur, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Honfleur

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and National Museum of Natural History. Head to Avant-Garde Gallery and Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmannfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paris day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Honfleur to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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.