26 days in France Itinerary

26 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip itinerary planner

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Paris
— 4 nights
Fly
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Colmar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Perigueux
— 2 nights
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Fly to Paris Orly, Bus to Gare Montparnasse, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Paris

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ile Saint-Louis, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris online vacation planner.

Bengaluru, India to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bengaluru in September; daily highs in Paris reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Colmar.

Things to do in Paris

Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:

Colmar

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 2nd (Sat), learn about winemaking at Cave de Turckheim, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise De l'Invention De La Sainte-Croix, then take an in-depth tour of Musee du Memorial des Combats de la Poche de Colmar, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee du Jouet, trek along Route des Vins d'Alsace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu, and finally explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Colmar trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Colmar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Colmar are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Chamonix

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): hone your skills at Le Spa du Mont Blanc, stroll through Aiguilles Rouges, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Ferme de l'Aberieux, then have fun at Base de Loisirs des Ilettes, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de Toute Grace.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Colmar to Chamonix in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vieille Ville and Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs. Change things up with a short trip to Baou de Saint Jeannet in Saint Jeannet (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, go for a stroll along the water at Old Harbor (La Darse), explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice attractions planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cité de Carcassonne and Basilique Saint-Sernin. Let the collections at Fondation Bemberg and Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins & Couvent des Jacobins). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, and brush up on your military savvy at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carcassonne holiday planning website.

Getting from Nice to Carcassonne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in October, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Carcassonne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Perigueux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:

Perigueux

— 2 nights
Périgueux is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.Périgueux is the prefecture of the départment. On the 14th (Thu), examine the collection at Musee Militaire du Perigord, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Front, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Perigueux Saturday Street Market, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St. Etienne de la Cite. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint-Jacques, look for gifts at Friday Market, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Voie Verte des Berges de l'Isle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Perigueux trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Perigueux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Perigueux. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Perigueux

Historic Sites · Shopping · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and World War 2 Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Normandy American Cemetery and Airborne Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Batteries de Crisbecq (in Saint-Marcouf), Normandy Victory Museum (in Saint Hilaire Petitville) and La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery) (in Azeville). There's much more to do: make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, snap pictures at Pegasus Bridge, and brush up on your military savvy at Musee de la Batterie de Merville.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Perigueux to Bayeux in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Perigueux in October, plan for slightly colder days in Bayeux, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:

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.

Dordogne travel guide

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Castles · Caves · Landmarks
Because this region has escaped overdevelopment, Dordogne is one of France's best kept secrets with historical châteaux, medieval fortresses, prehistoric cave paintings, and Roman remains sprinkled throughout. Legendary stone villages with golden stone houses make this region seem a little like a cross between a fairy tale and a movie set. Canoeing down the River Dordogne is a fantastic way to tour the region, and there are many areas where you can walk, hike, and do your sightseeing on foot. This region, which roughly corresponds with the ancient county of Périgord, remains quite rural and known for its wonderful pâtés.