36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Albi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 4 nights
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Rouen
— 4 nights
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Reims
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Nice

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musee Matisse. Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Vieille Ville. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Antibes (Old Town & Musee Picasso) and Parc des Rives du Loup (in La Colle sur Loup). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Avenue Jean Medecin, and contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip tool.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Nice is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in October, expect Nice to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

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Aix-en-Provence

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Let the collections at Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Granet capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palais des Papes and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Explore Aix-en-Provence's surroundings by going to Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres), Pont d'Avignon (in Avignon) and Marseille (The Panier, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Nice to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Aix-en-Provence, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:

Carcassonne

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cité de Carcassonne and O'Vineyards. You'll explore and learn at Musee des Beaux-Arts and Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, admire the masterpieces at La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Cite Medievale.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trip

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Albi

— 3 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. Visit Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Soulages Rodez and Musee Fenaille. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albi: Rodez (Freemick Aventure & Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez), Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (Le Musee Du Vin & Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie) and Chateau de Cenevieres (in Cenevieres). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, examine the collection at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Dreche, and take in the views from Pont Vieux.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Albi trip site.

Getting from Carcassonne to Albi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): stroll through Plage du Petit Sperone, look for all kinds of wild species at Iles Lavezzi, head outdoors with Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio, then head outdoors with Plage du Grand Sperone, then don't miss a visit to Phare de Pertusato, and finally head outdoors with Plage de Saint-Antoine. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel, make a trip to Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bonifacio online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Albi to Bonifacio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Bonifacio can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

Colleville-sur-Mer

— 4 nights
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Airborne Museum and D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colleville-sur-Mer: Dunes d'Hattainville (in Les Moitiers-d’Allonne), Le Havre de Portbail (in Port-Bail) and German War Cemetery (in Orglandes). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, see the interesting displays at Ferme-Musee du Cotentin, go for a walk through Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, and pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colleville-sur-Mer holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Colleville-sur-Mer takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bonifacio in November, with highs in Colleville-sur-Mer at 13°C and lows at 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Rouen

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Fondation Claude Monet. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou. Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Abbaye de Jumieges (in Jumieges), Caresse de Tigre (in La Mailleraye-sur-Seine) and L'Arche Feline (in Vascoeuil). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cote Sainte-Catherine, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Patrice, examine the collection at Musee Flaubert et d'Histoire de la Medecine, and explore the world behind art at Musee national de l'Education.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rouen, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Colleville-sur-Mer to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Reims.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Reims

— 4 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Hotel Le Vergeur Museum and Citadelle Souterraine de Verdun will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Maison Ruinart. Explore Reims' surroundings by going to Verdun Memorial (in Fleury-Devant-Douaumont), Fort Douaumont (in Douaumont) and Epernay (Avenue de Champagne, Moet et Chandon, &more). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Budding, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Remi, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Surrender, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Foujita.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Reims day trip website.

You can drive from Rouen to Reims in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Reims are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

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Find places to stay Nov 10 — 14:

Paris

— 6 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 and learn at Louvre Museum and The Army Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Venture out of the city with trips to Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup (in Rocquencourt), Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, and admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paris holiday builder tool.

You can take a train from Reims to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 20:

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.