50 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 6 nights
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Hyeres
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Train
5
Lyon
— 5 nights
Drive
6
Nancy
— 1 night
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Paris
— 7 nights
Drive
8
Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive
9
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly
10
Bayonne
— 5 nights
Drive
11
Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Old Town, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Nice reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 5 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. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Six-Fours-les-Plages (Eglise Saint Pierre Du Brusc, La Fromagerie de Six-Fours, &more), Le village des Tortues (in Gonfaron) and Chateau de Cabran (in Puget-sur-Argens). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe, stroll around Parc Olbius-Riquier, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brasserie Carteron, and take in nature's colorful creations at Castel Sainte-Claire.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hyeres trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive 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 La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Spas), Cassis (Port de Cassis & Trolib) and Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely, Paul Cezanne’s Studio, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and wander the streets of The Panier.

For reviews and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November in Marseille, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Avignon.
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Avignon — 4 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Musee des Beaux-Arts (in Nimes), Maison de la Nature (in Lattes) and Secrets de l’Orient (in Maussane-les-Alpilles). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon journey planning tool.

Drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Marseille in December; daily highs in Avignon reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.
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Lyon — 5 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.
Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Lake Annecy (in Annecy), Grenoble (Musee Dauphinois, Musee de Grenoble, &more) and Room Escape Games (in Annemasse). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and relax and rejuvenate at Spa de l’Auberge du Pere Bise.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lyon trip tool.

Traveling by train from Avignon to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nancy.
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Nancy — 1 night

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): ponder the design of Fontaine d'Amphitrite, make a trip to Place Stanislas, then meet the residents at Museum-Aquarium de Nancy, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nancy online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Lyon to Nancy in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in December, expect nights in Nancy to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.
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Paris — 7 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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Montmartre, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip site.

You can take a train from Nancy to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nancy in December: highs in Paris hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 5 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat), Cite de La Mare (in Cherbourg-Octeville) and Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience (in Pont-L'Eveque). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, take in the views from Pont de Normandie, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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 27th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel and then make a trip to Tour du Nord.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel road trip planning website.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can fly to Bayonne.
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Bayonne — 5 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayonne: Bordeaux (Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux, Tour Pey-Berland, &more) and Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Sentier Du Littoral, Promenade Jacques Thibaud, &more). The adventure continues: take a tour of Hermione - La Fayette, don't miss a visit to Port des Pecheurs, look for gifts at L'Atelier du Piment, and relax and rejuvenate at Maneki Neko 64 Massages & Bien-Etre.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bayonne itinerary planner.

Fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Bayonne are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Spas (in Perpignan), Hotel des Barons de Lacoste (in Pezenas) and Toulouse (Musee des Augustins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Bayonne to Carcassonne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel 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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