39 days in France Itinerary

39 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 5 nights
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Albi
— 1 night
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Colmar
— 2 nights
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Reims
— 3 nights
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Blois
— 5 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Nice

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Saint-Paul de Vence and Place Garibaldi. Visit Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Le Suquet for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Marche Forville, &more) and La Londe Les Maures (Daskalides Chocolatier & Dune La Londe). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary maker app.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Addis Ababa to Nice due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Addis Ababa in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 3:

3
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Arles

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Carrieres des Lumieres. Step off the beaten path and head to Abbaye de Montmajour and Espiguette Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Arles side-trips: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Arles trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Arles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, Arles is slightly colder than Nice - with highs of 12°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

4
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Carcassonne

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Fabre and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Do some cultural sightseeing at O'Vineyards and Chateau Comtal. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Sentier du Littoral (in Argeles-sur-Mer), Collioure (Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, Chateau Royale de Collioure, &more) and Les Halles de Narbonne (in Narbonne). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, make a trip to Porte du Peyrou, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and stop by Cité de Carcassonne.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne road trip planning app.

You can drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

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Albi

Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, take in the views from Pont Vieux, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Albi online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Albi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Albi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

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Colmar

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 12th (Sat), make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Martin, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Israelite, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, then explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Koeberle-Kreyer.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Colmar trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Albi to Colmar takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Colmar sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Reims.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

3
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Reims

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Get a sense of the local culture at Moet et Chandon and Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin. Basilique Saint-Remi and Palais du Tau will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Avenue de Champagne in Epernay (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, and learn about winemaking at Champagne Pascal Devilliers.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Reims trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Colmar to Reims takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Blois.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

5
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Blois

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau de Cheverny. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Valencay and Chateau de Villandry. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blois: Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, learn about winemaking at La Chevallerie - Gaetan BRUNEAU wines, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Chambord.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Blois trip maker app.

You can drive from Reims to Blois in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Blois can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:

5
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Abbaye de Beauport and Promenade du Clair de Lune. Discover out-of-the-way places like Plage du Sillon and Cap Fréhel. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Malo: Awelys Spa Privatif (in Rennes), Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel) and Perros-Guirec (Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h & Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, make a trip to Centre Historique, and pick up some local products at Marche aux Huitres.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saint-Malo travel route planner.

Drive from Blois to Saint-Malo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Blois in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Saint-Malo, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Memorial de Caen and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee du debarquement and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Maison Lebrec (in Saint Pierre du Mont), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). The adventure continues: witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and enjoy the sand and surf at Deauville Beach.

Find out how to plan Bayeux trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

6
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Fontainebleau and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paris online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:

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.