25 days in France Itinerary

25 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tours
— 2 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Paris Catacombs, Disneyland Paris and Eiffel Tower. Louvre Museum and Champs-Elysees are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe and contemplate the long history of Hotel de Ville.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Paris tour planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Paris, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for colder days in Paris, with highs around 9°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rouen.
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Rouen — 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fondation Claude Monet as well as Ciel-Evasion - Activites Aeriennes. Do your shopping at Fayencerie Augy and LA Maison du Caramel.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Rouen are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stop by Fantastic Attic, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery. On your second day here, stop by H2O Parapluies, then get engrossed in the history at Juno Beach Centre, then stop by Les Vergers de Ducy, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux itinerary builder.

Drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 30th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Andouillerie de la Baleine, then get great views at Pointe D'Agon, then kick back and relax at Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, and finally get great views at Cabane Vauban.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tours.
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Tours — 2 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): look for gifts at L'Ete Indien, then stop by La Chocolatiere, and then learn about winemaking at La Chevallerie - Gaetan BRUNEAU wines. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Boutique La Caf'The, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chambord, and then look for gifts at Le Cirque en Bois.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tours trip planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Tours in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence — 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Panier and Palais des Papes. Head to Centre Commercial Grand Var and Le Cassetin du Diablefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Aix-en-Provence: Hyeres (Cave de la Capte & Chateau de la Clapiere), Pastis Et Compagnie (in Cassis) and Pont d'Avignon (in Avignon). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, stop by O Delices de Brice, steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and visit Cours Mirabeau.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Tours to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Tours in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aix-en-Provence: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
For shopping fun, head to Rue d'Antibes or VinAzur - Vins de provence. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet) and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Eglise, and contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice route builder site.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Nice sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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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