40 days in France Itinerary

40 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Montpellier
— 5 nights
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Toulouse
— 4 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 15 nights
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Paris — 7 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Louvre Museum, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, wander the streets of Le Marais, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paris attractions planner.

Manila, Philippines to Paris is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manila to Paris, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Manila in January: high temperatures in Paris hover around 8°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Lyon — 6 nights

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere & Musee de Grenoble). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon day trip site.

Getting from Paris to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Montpellier.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
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Montpellier — 5 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montpellier: Nimes (La Maison Carree, Jardins de la Fontaine, &more), Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St. Pierre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, and don't miss a visit to Porte du Peyrou.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Montpellier day trip tool.

Getting from Lyon to Montpellier by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lyon in January: highs in Montpellier hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Toulouse.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips
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Toulouse — 4 nights

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Get out of town with these interesting Toulouse side-trips: Carcassonne Center (Cité de Carcassonne & Eglise Saint-Nazaire). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japonais, contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins, and engage your brain at Cite de l'espace.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Toulouse planning app.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Marseille.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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Marseille — 15 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Cassis (Cape Canaille, Port de Cassis, &more), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon, Palais des Papes, &more) and Aix-en-Provence (Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, Cours Mirabeau, &more). Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of La Croisette, contemplate the long history of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, walk around Parc du Mugel, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Toulouse to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 20:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.