23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Hyeres
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 4 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online driving holiday planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Paris. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

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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.
Bayeux is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip app.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mont Saint-Michel and then get great views at Cabane Vauban.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 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 20th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Lyon

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Lyon in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in December, expect little chillier with lows of 1°C in Lyon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, then take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): make a trip to La Porte D'aude, then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Lyon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
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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: Palais des Papes (in Avignon), Trolib (in Cassis) and Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, 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, visit The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Hyeres

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll around Parc Olbius-Riquier and then see some colorful creatures with Dune La Londe. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Sentier Littoral, relax and rejuvenate at Villa des Flo, and then see the interesting displays at Confiserie Azureenne.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hyeres day trip app.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Nice

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more). There's lots more to do: stop by Vieille Ville, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nice online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. December in Nice sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

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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.