31 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bayonne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Paris — 5 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, wander the streets of Montmartre, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paris driving holiday planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Paris. November in Paris sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience (in Pont-L'Eveque), Deauville Beach (in Deauville City) and Honfleur (Vieux Bassin & Saint Catherine's Catholic Church). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, don't miss a visit to Sherman Tank, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip site.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time 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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pointe du Grouin du Sud and then hike along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Bayonne.
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Bayonne — 3 nights

Bayonne is a city and commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Sentier Du Littoral, Promenade Jacques Thibaud, &more). There's lots more to do: take a tour of Hermione - La Fayette, appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium de Biarritz, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bayonne day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): make a trip to La Porte D'aude, steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, then take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, contemplate the long history of Porte Narbonnaise, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip planner.

You can drive from Bayonne to Carcassonne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Marseille.
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Marseille — 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Trolib (in Cassis), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and wander the streets of The Panier.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 4 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Mini World Cote d'Azur (in La Valette-du-Var), Le village des Tortues (in Gonfaron) and Room Escape Games (in Six-Fours-les-Plages). And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, appreciate the history behind Bailli De Seffron Statue, relax and rejuvenate at SoMum, and learn about winemaking at Chateau de Chausse.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 5 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette) and Wine Shop Flacons Divins (in Antibes). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and admire the local landmark of Fontaine du Soleil.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon — 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble) and Room Escape Games (in Valence). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nice in December, with highs in Lyon at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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.
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