22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
3
Angers
— 1 night
Drive
4
Saumur
— 1 night
Drive
5
Toulouse
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Carcassonne
— 1 day
Drive
7
Montpellier
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Avignon
Drive
9
Marseille
— 1 night
Fly
10
Grenoble
— 1 night
Drive
11
Lyon
— 1 night
Drive
12
Annecy
— 3 nights
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Paris — 5 nights

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've added Hotel de Ville, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Jardin des Plantes, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Paris reach 8°C and lows reach 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel and then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip builder app.

Getting from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel by combination of train and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. January in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Angers.
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Historic Sites
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Angers — 1 night

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Galerie David d'Angers and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Lurcat.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Angers trip planner.

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Angers in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Angers can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Saumur.
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Museums
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Saumur — 1 night

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillery Combier.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Saumur trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Angers to Saumur by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Saumur sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to fly to Toulouse.
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Breweries & Distilleries
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Toulouse — 2 nights

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, then steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Place Savene, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, then stroll around Chateau Foucaud et parc, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Capitole.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Toulouse trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Saumur to Toulouse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Toulouse sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Side Trips
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Carcassonne — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then examine the collection at Musee de L'Inquisition, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Montpellier.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries
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Montpellier — 2 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
On the 28th (Sat), wander the streets of Place de la Comedie, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Planet Ocean Montpellier, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Montpellier visit planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Montpellier takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
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Shopping · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:

Avignon

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.
On the 29th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon day trip site.

You can drive from Montpellier to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Montpellier in January since evenings lows in Avignon dip to 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Marseille.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:
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Marseille — 1 night

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille online route planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Grenoble.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:

Grenoble — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Saint-Laurent Archaeological Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee de Grenoble, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grenoble trip maker site.

You can fly from Marseille to Grenoble in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in January, things will get slightly colder in Grenoble: highs are around 6°C and lows about -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lyon.
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Museums · Fun & Games
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Lyon — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and then ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lyon online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Grenoble to Lyon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Lyon are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Annecy.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Annecy — 3 nights

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Change things up with these side-trips from Annecy: La Plagne (in La Plagne-Tarentaise), Macot-la-Plagne (Oxygene Ski School La Plagne & snow panthers motoneige) and Room Escape Games (in Annemasse). There's much more to do: make a trip to La Vieille Ville, snap pictures at Pont des Amours, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Semnoz, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Annecy tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Lyon to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Side Trips
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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.
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Pays de la Loire travel guide

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Theme Parks · Castles · Specialty Museums
With 368 km (230 miles) of Atlantic Ocean coast, Pays de la Loire is a region rich with picturesque ports, renowned seaside resorts, salt marshes, and a strong maritime tradition. As a vivacious region, it hosts two legendary races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans car races in June and the Vendée Globe sailing races in November. With five departments, the majority of the famous châteaux and attractions of the Loire Valley are located in the Centre region, and not in the Pays de la Loire, despite the name. However, you will be happy to find that the weather is mild and conducive to biking, strolling, boating, and sightseeing around the region while discovering its secrets, such as its vineyards and wineries from Saumur to Anjou.
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