32 days in France Itinerary

32 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner
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Carcassonne
— 8 nights
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Paris
— 9 nights
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Lyon
— 7 nights
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Grenoble
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne — 8 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Chateau Comtal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Gorges du Verdouble (in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse), Rennes-le-Chateau (Rennes le chateau, Tour Magdala, &more) and Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, Pont Vieux, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, take in the dramatic natural features at Grotte de Clamouse, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne itinerary planning website.

Newark, USA to Carcassonne is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Carcassonne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, Carcassonne is slightly colder at night with lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Paris — 9 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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Army Museum and Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet. Venture out of the city with trips to Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Petit Palais, don't miss a visit to Place des Vosges, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne in September, you will find days in Paris are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to fly to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Lyon — 7 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Vieille Ville and Chateau de Tournoel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Annecy (Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more), Le Puy-en-Velay (Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay, Cathedrale Notre-Dame, &more) and Clermont-Ferrand (ASM EXPERIENCE - L'immersion Rugby & L'Aventure Michelin). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, don't miss a visit to La Renaissance Du Vieux Lyon, browse the exhibits of Fresque des Lyonnais, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon vacation planning site.

You can fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Grenoble.
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Grenoble — 5 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Les Gorges du Fier and Lac du Bourget. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grenoble: Semnoz (in Annecy), Plage Municipale du Bourget du Lac (in Le Bourget-du-Lac) and Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors (in Lans-en-Vercors). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, Head underground at Les Cuves, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Ancien Eveche, and pause for some photo ops at Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Grenoble trip planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Grenoble in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Grenoble can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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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.