27 days in France Itinerary

27 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner

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Fly
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Nice
— 1 night
Drive
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Cannes
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Annecy
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Lyon
— 2 nights
Train
9
Versailles
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Paris
— 2 nights
Fly
11
La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Saint-Malo
— 1 night
Drive
13
Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Nice

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi and then steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary planning app.

Lisbon, Portugal to Nice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Lisbon to Nice, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. November in Nice sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:

Cannes

— 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
On the 25th (Thu), wander the streets of La Croisette, then take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, and then stop by 1862 Wines & Spirits. On your second day here, delve into the lush surroundings at Lérins Islands.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannes trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Cannes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Cannes, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

Marseille

— 2 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.
On the 27th (Sat), stop by Compagnie de Provence (La), take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then look for gifts at 72% Petanque, and finally stop by Trois Fenetres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): look for gifts at Atelier de Création - La Grande Savonnerie, look for gifts at Silvain Paysans Nougatiers, get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Marseille sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:

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 29th (Mon): hunt for treasures at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market, then look for gifts at Les Colorades, then stop by Laviolettemauve, and finally stop by Les Secrets De Lola. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, and then contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Avignon trip maker.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Avignon

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:

Carcassonne Center

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally look for gifts at l'Atelier des Vignerons. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, then see the interesting displays at Musee de L'Inquisition, and then make a trip to Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center travel website.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne Center takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Carcassonne Center sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

Bordeaux

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): look for gifts at Sophie's Store, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Aquitaine, then look for gifts at Vignobles & Chateaux, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion.

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Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Annecy.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

Annecy

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 5th (Sun), stop by Val Sports, contemplate the long history of Cite Medievale de Conflans, and then contemplate the long history of Ville Ancienne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile, then don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, then stop by Meyer le Chocolatier, and finally get great views at Chateau de Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Bordeaux to Annecy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Bordeaux in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Annecy, with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Annecy

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

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 7th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Georges, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by La Fromagerie d'Oullins, then examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Versailles.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

Versailles

— 2 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 9th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet, view the masterpieces at The Royal Chapel, then stop by One Nation Paris, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Malmaison, and finally stop by Aux Caves des Deux Portes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Grand Canal, then don't miss a visit to France Miniature, then examine the collection at Musee Maurice Ravel, and finally see the interesting displays at Albert Kahn Musee et Jardins.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Versailles journey planner.

Take a train from Lyon to Versailles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Versailles can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

Paris

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): go all around town with Pari Roller & Mobilites, stop by Androuet, look for gifts at Maison Chaudun, then stop by La Grande Epicerie de Paris Rive Gauche, and finally look for gifts at Les Expressives. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Les Drapeaux de France, then stop by Edwart Chocolatier, then look for gifts at Baron Rouge (Le), and finally stop by Sens Unique.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris driving holiday planner.

Getting from Versailles to Paris by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Paris

Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

La Rochelle

— 2 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): step aboard Hermione-La Fayette, take in the history at Fort Boyard, then hunt for treasures at Marche, and finally look for gifts at La Grosse Boite. On the next day, examine the collection at Corderie Royale, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, and then stop by Le Comptoir Charentais.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Rochelle attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to La Rochelle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, things will get a bit warmer in La Rochelle: highs are around 13°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Shopping · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

Saint-Malo

— 1 night
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): look for gifts at La Maison Saint Malo, then stop by L'ile Aux Savons, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, and finally look for gifts at Epices Roellinger.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Saint-Malo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 16th (Thu), look for gifts at Fantastic Attic, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then look for gifts at Les Vergers de Ducy, and finally do a tasting at Arpents du Soleil. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Bayeux sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.