3 days in France Itinerary

3 days in France Itinerary

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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.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip itinerary website.

Winnipeg, Canada to Carcassonne is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Winnipeg to Carcassonne. Traveling from Winnipeg in August, expect nights in Carcassonne to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel to Annecy.
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Annecy — 1 day

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then make a trip to La Vieille Ville.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Annecy vacation planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Annecy by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Carcassonne in August: high temperatures in Annecy hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris driving holiday planner.

Fly from Annecy to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.