8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

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Montpellier
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Collioure
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Montpellier

— 1 night
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Mas de la Comtesse, head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and then experience rural life at Petit Paradis de Vendargues. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pic Saint-Loup, don't miss a visit to Aquadukt Saint Clement, then explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, and finally contemplate the long history of Porte du Peyrou.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Montpellier online trip itinerary maker.

Paris to Montpellier is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Montpellier: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

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Carcassonne

— 1 night

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.
On the 17th (Mon), ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne online trip maker.

You can drive from Montpellier to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Collioure.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Collioure

— 2 nights
Collioure is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.GeographyThe town of Collioure is on the Côte Vermeille, in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.ToponymyCollioure is named Cotlliure in Catalan.HistoryThere is a record of the castle at "Castrum Caucoliberi" having been mentioned as early as 673, indicating that the settlement here was of strategic and commercial importance during the Visigoth ascendancy.Collioure used to be divided into two villages separated by the river Douy, the old town to the south named Port d'Avall (in French known as Le Faubourg) and the upstream port, Port d'Amunt (in French known as La Ville).Collioure was taken in 1642 by the French troops of Maréchal de la Meilleraye. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stroll around Paulilles Recreational Park, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royale de Collioure, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, and finally take a stroll through Quartier du Moure. On the next day, make a trip to Fort Saint-Elme, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then get outside with Plage de Collioure, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Moulin de Collioure.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Collioure online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Collioure takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Collioure, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Collioure

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet) and Avignon (Musee du Petit Palais & Palais des Papes). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille road trip site.

Traveling by car from Collioure to Marseille takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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.