22 days in France Itinerary

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Train
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Paris
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Chamonix
— 3 nights
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Paris — 4 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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Water Parterres, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

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London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. While traveling from London, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to fly to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 5 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Chateau de Castelnaud and Grotte de Rouffignac. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: La Ferme de Vigne Haute (in Reilhac), Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac) and Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac, get in on the family fun at Parc Le Bournat, and explore the historical opulence of The Maison Forte de Reignac.

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You can fly from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
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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.
On the 23rd (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then make a trip to La Porte D'aude, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then explore the activities along Lac de Cavayere, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Le Parc Australien.

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Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Family-friendly places like TakSea and Waterworld lake of gaudrade will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Riviera Nature (in Grasse). There's much more to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, kick back and relax at Frejus Beach, see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Marine, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Abel Baliff Beach.

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Fly from Carcassonne to Saint-Raphael in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Nice.
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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.
Family-friendly places like Marineland and Colline du Chateau overlook will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Castel Plage, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

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You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Nice sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 3 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Bring the kids along to Parasailing & Paragliding and Aiguille du Midi. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Parc de Merlet, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, make a trip to Glacier des Bossons, and explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges de la Diosaz.

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Drive from Nice to Chamonix in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
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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.
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