12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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Toulouse
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 day
Drive
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Perpignan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Narbonne
— 1 night
Drive
5
Beziers
Drive
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Pezenas
Drive
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Montpellier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Toulouse

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
You've added Jardin du Grand Rond, Hotel d'Assezat, Fat Cat, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Quai de la Daurade, don't miss a visit to Rue Saint Rome, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Canal de Brienne (Le), and finally catch some live jazz at Fat Cat. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Hotel d'Assezat, admire the masterpieces at Fondation Bemberg, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Grand Rond.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Toulouse holiday planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Toulouse is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in February: high temperatures in Toulouse hover around 52°F and lows are around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Parks · Shopping · Nightlife · Museums
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Carcassonne

— 1 day

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 21st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Abbey of Saint-Hilaire and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne day trip website.

Getting from Toulouse to Carcassonne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Perpignan.

Things to do in Carcassonne

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Perpignan

— 2 nights
Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Perpignan vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Perpignan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. February in Perpignan sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Narbonne.

Things to do in Perpignan

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

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Narbonne

— 1 night

Crossroads of the South

The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Musee Archeologique, admire the artistry at SHOW ROOM 16 Paraza, then learn more about the world around you at Amphoralis, then explore the engaging exhibits at L'Aude en liberte, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Paul.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Narbonne online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Perpignan to Narbonne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Narbonne can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Beziers.

Things to do in Narbonne

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

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Beziers

Béziers is a town in Languedoc in southern France. For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Beziers road trip planning app.

You can drive from Narbonne to Beziers in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Beziers, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 38°F at night. On the 24th (Thu), you'll travel to Pezenas.

Things to do in Beziers

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
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Pezenas

Pézenas is a commune in the Hérault department in the Occitanie region in southern France.Name"Pézenas" is derived from the older name Piscenae, probably from the Latin word piscenis, meaning fishpond. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for gifts at Les Berlingots de Pezenas.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pezenas trip itinerary website.

Pezenas is just a stone's throw from Beziers. In February, daily temperatures in Pezenas can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Pezenas

Museums · Shopping
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Montpellier

— 2 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Montpellier trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Pezenas to Montpellier takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Montpellier are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums
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Aix-en-Provence

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque and then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence trip planner.

You can drive from Montpellier to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. February in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Neighborhoods
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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Musee Regards de Provence, then get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Raimu, and finally stroll around Dinosaur'Istres.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip builder website.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. February in Marseille sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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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.