35 days in France Itinerary

35 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner
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Fly to Zurich, Train to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg
— 5 nights
Train
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Paris
— 7 nights
Train to Dol De Bretagne, Taxi to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 7 nights
Fly

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Strasbourg — 5 nights

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Strasbourg: Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster (in Ebersmunster), Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Nancy (Place Stanislas & Museum-Aquarium de Nancy). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, make a trip to Old Town, and do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg day trip app.

Sydney, Australia to Strasbourg is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Strasbourg hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.
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Paris — 7 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Montmartre, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

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Traveling by train from Strasbourg to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel and then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel by combination of train and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Grenoble (Musee Dauphinois, Musee de Grenoble, &more) and Room Escape Games (in Annemasse). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lyon trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in December, plan for little chillier nights in Lyon, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 5 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.
Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Chateau Foucaud et parc (in Gaillac), Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin, Church of Les Jacobins, &more) and Perpignan (Room Escape Games & Cathedrale St-Jean). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, and take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip maker.

You can fly from Lyon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Marseille.
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Marseille — 4 nights

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and visit The Panier.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip planning tool.

Fly from Carcassonne to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Nice — 7 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more) and Antibes (Marché provençal, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris, don't miss a visit to Place Ile-de-Beaute, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nice day trip app.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Nice are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling 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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