32 days in France Itinerary

32 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Carcassonne Airport
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Carcassonne
— 8 nights
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Paris
— 9 nights
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Lyon
— 7 nights
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Grenoble
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne

— 8 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Cathar Castles. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Gorges du Verdouble (in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse), Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, Pont Vieux, &more) and Rennes-le-Chateau (Rennes le chateau, Tour Magdala, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip builder site.

Newark, USA to Carcassonne is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Carcassonne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Carcassonne, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 7:

Paris

— 9 nights

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Latin Quarter and The Army Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne in September, you will find days in Paris are little chillier (70°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 16:

Lyon

— 7 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Tournoel and Musee Miniature et Cinema. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Annecy (Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, La Vieille Ville, &more), Le Puy-en-Velay (Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay, Cathedrale Notre-Dame, &more) and Clermont-Ferrand (ASM EXPERIENCE - L'immersion Rugby & L'Aventure Michelin). There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, and don't miss a visit to La Renaissance Du Vieux Lyon.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon vacation planning site.

You can take a train from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 23:

Grenoble

— 5 nights

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Grotte de Choranche. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grenoble: Semnoz (in Annecy), Les Gorges du Fier (in Lovagny) and Plage Municipale du Bourget du Lac (in Le Bourget-du-Lac). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lac du Bourget, identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors, stop by Botanicus, and examine the collection at Musee de l'Ancien Eveche.

For photos and other tourist information, you can read our Grenoble trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Grenoble takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Grenoble are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grenoble

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 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.