32 days in France Itinerary

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Bayonne
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Rouen
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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. Get out of town with these interesting Bayonne side-trips: Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia), La Noisette Basque (in Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle) and Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Sentier Du Littoral & Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste). There's still lots to do: take a tour of Hermione - La Fayette, pause for some photo ops at Rocher de la Vierge, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bayonne travel planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Bayonne is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Bayonne is 1 hour. While traveling from Dublin, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bayonne, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Chateau Foucaud et parc (in Gaillac) and Toulouse (Musee des Augustins, Le Riad du Bien etre, &more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bayonne to Carcassonne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Marseille.
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Marseille — 4 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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Notre Dame du Mai (in Six-Fours-les-Plages), Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Room Escape Games). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, walk around Parc du Mugel, stop by The Panier, and stroll through Parc National des Calanques.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Marseille are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice — 6 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Nice sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 4 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.
Step out of Chamonix to go to Annemasse and see Room Escape Games, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, hit the slopes at Aiguille des Grands Montets, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Chamonix takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble) and Room Escape Games (in Valence). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and admire the local landmark of La Place des Jacobins.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lyon tour itinerary tool.

Drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 6 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Rouen holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February in Rouen, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (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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