52 days in France Itinerary

52 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner

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Strasbourg
— 3 nights
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Reims
— 5 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Hyeres
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Strasbourg

— 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Explore Strasbourg's surroundings by going to Vins d'Alsace Antoine Ehrhart (in Wettolsheim), Colmar (Little Venice & Old Town) and Spa des Saules (in Illhaeusern). The adventure continues: make a trip to Place Stanislas, explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Strasbourg trip builder app.

Prague, Czech Republic to Strasbourg is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can take a train to Reims.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Wineries · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:

Reims

— 5 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reims: La Tranchee de Chattancourt (in Chattancourt), Champagne Andre Goutorbe & Fils (in Damery) and Saint Mihiel American Cemetery (in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, learn about winemaking at Nomad Wine, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and admire the striking features of Basilique Saint-Remi.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Reims trip planner.

Traveling by train from Strasbourg to Reims takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:

Paris

— 7 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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris driving holiday website.

Getting from Reims to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. November in Paris sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 24:

Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Honfleur (Vieux Bassin & Saint Catherine's Catholic Church), Cimetières Militaires (in Ranville) and Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience (in Pont-L'Eveque). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, get a new perspective on things with Navigation Normande - Le Havre, and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bayeux online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Bayeux are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip builder website.

Getting from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:

Lyon

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble) and Lake Annecy (in Annecy). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon trip maker site.

Fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lyon

Tours · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:

Carcassonne

— 5 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 out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Escape Game S Room Agency (in Montauban), Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin, Musee des Augustins, &more) and Cave de Labastide (in Labastide-de-Levis). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, and snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip site.

Fly from Lyon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 10:

Avignon

— 4 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Venture out of the city with trips to Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Montpellier (Bertrand Bosc & Musee Fabre) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Avignon are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

Marseille

— 4 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat), Cassis (Cape Canaille & Trolib) and Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, stop by The Panier, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Marseille road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in December, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Hyeres

— 5 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Le village des Tortues (in Gonfaron), Eco Gliss (in Les Issambres) and Confiserie Azureenne (in Collobrieres). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Dune La Londe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales, stroll around Parc Sainte-Claire, and stroll through Pointe des Sardinaux.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hyeres itinerary planning app.

Getting from Marseille to Hyeres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Hyeres sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

Nice

— 7 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) (in Antibes) and Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nice day trip planner.

You can drive from Hyeres to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 30:

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.