28 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 3 nights
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Caen
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Dijon
— 2 nights
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Paris
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Do your shopping at The Royal Chapel and words and things. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip maker website.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Caen.
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Caen — 3 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Visit Normandy American Cemetery and Place Saint-Sauveur for their historical value. Head to La Maison du Biscuit and Maison Lebrecfor some retail therapy. Explore Caen's surroundings by going to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), German War Cemetery (in Orglandes) and Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (D-Day Monument & Omaha Beach). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Zen Hydro Fit.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Caen online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Paris to Caen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 4 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.
For shopping fun, head to Promenade Sainte Catherine or Chocolaterie Bordeaux Maison Darricau depuis 1915. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Place de la Bourse and St. Andre Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Chateau Panet, Vignobles Carles (in Saint-Christophe-Des-Bardes) and Saint-Emilion (Chateau Cadet-Pontet, Chateau Laniote, &more). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, examine the collection at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, and explore the galleries of La Cite du Vin.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Caen to Bordeaux takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Caen in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cité de Carcassonne and Poterie De La Bascule. Let the collections at Musee des Augustins and Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin, Hotel d'Assezat, &more). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Carcassonne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. October in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive 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 1st (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Avignon road trip website.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In November in Avignon, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.
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Lyon — 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Musee de Grenoble. Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Step out of Lyon with an excursion to Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere in Grenoble--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, see the interesting displays at Musee des Confluences, browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and stop by La Fromagerie d'Oullins.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Avignon to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lyon: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dijon.
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Dijon — 2 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Elus, learn about winemaking at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, do a tasting at Chateau de Pommard, then learn about winemaking at Patriarche Pere & Fils, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeries Bartoux Beaune.

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You can drive from Lyon to Dijon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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Paris — 6 nights

City of Light

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Your inner history buff will appreciate Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Galerie des Carrosses). Explore Paris further: get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, admire the masterpieces at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, examine the collection at Musee des Arts et Metiers, and learn about all things military at The Army Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris online holiday planner.

Take a train from Dijon to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.
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