9 days in Paris, Avignon & Carcassonne Itinerary

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Paris
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Paris — 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice and National Archives. Museum-lovers will get to explore Memorial De La Shoah and Musee de Montmartre. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Paul Saint-Louis, examine the collection at Mundolingua, and get to know the fascinating history of Viaduc des Arts.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Paris road trip website.

Mexico City, Mexico to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Avignon.
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Avignon — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): wander the streets of Place Des Carmes, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Lapidaire, then trek along Parcours de L'Art, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale Saint-Didier. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Palais du Roure, learn more about the world around you at Museum Requien, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Agricol, and finally make a trip to Place Crillon.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Avignon route planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in September: highs in Avignon hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
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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.
On the 23rd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne, then contemplate the long history of Memorial House (Maison des Memoires), then do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, and finally steep yourself in history at Porte Narbonnaise. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Chateau la Voulte Gasparets, cast your line with Etang de Bages-Sigean, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, then see the interesting displays at Musee Archeologique, and finally steep yourself in history at Via Domitia of Narbonne.

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Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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