32 days in France Itinerary

32 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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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 Abbaye de Fontfroide. 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 activities along Lac de la Cavayere, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte des Canalettes, and do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

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 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 fly 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 The Army Museum and Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet. Venture out of the city with trips to Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, make a trip to Place des Vosges, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Fly from Carcassonne to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Carcassonne in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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 La Vieille Ville and Musee Miniature et Cinema. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Annecy (Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more), Clermont-Ferrand (ASM EXPERIENCE - L'immersion Rugby & L'Aventure Michelin) and Le Puy-en-Velay (Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay, Cathedrale Notre-Dame, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Chateau de Tournoel, steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, see the interesting displays at Institut & Musee Lumiere, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Lyon, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to 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 Les Gorges du Fier and Grotte de Choranche. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grenoble: Plage Municipale du Bourget du Lac (in Le Bourget-du-Lac), Semnoz (in Annecy) and Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors (in Lans-en-Vercors). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the fascinating underground world of Les Cuves, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Ancien Eveche, and explore the activities along Lac du Bourget.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Grenoble travel route planning site.

You can drive from Lyon to Grenoble in 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. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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 · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.