8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Montpellier
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Montpellier

— 1 night
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre, then explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, then play a few rounds at R-Golf International, and finally take a stroll through Place de la Comedie.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Montpellier vacation planning site.

Brindisi, Italy to Montpellier is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Brindisi in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Montpellier, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums · Outdoors · Golf · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Carcassonne

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stop by Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, then do a tasting at Chateau St Jacques d’Albas, and finally admire the local landmark of Fountain of Neptune.

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You can drive from Montpellier to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Avignon

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee du Petit Palais. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet, don't miss a visit to Place Crillon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Pierre, then don't miss a visit to Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers), and finally step off the mainland to explore Ile de la Barthelasse.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Marseille

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Maison de l'Echevin de Cabre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Samena.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Marseille holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Marseille sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

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.