31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Train to Lyon
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dijon
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Albi
— 1 night
Fly
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 7 nights
Fly

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Lyon

— 4 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.
Cite medievale de Perouges and Cite du Chocolat Valrhona are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Institut & Musee Lumiere and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Safari de Peaugres in Peaugres (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: visit The Presqu'ile, get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, and browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lyon holiday planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Lyon is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Wellington to Lyon. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Wellington in November; daily highs in Lyon reach 13°C and lows reach 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

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.
On the 30th (Tue), make a trip to Place de la Liberation, examine the collection at Le Cassissium, do a tasting at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, then trek along Owl's Trail, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Drive from Lyon to Dijon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Dijon sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Dijon

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Cathédrale La Major. Visiting Parc National des Calanques and Calanques will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence) and L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market (in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Panier.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille vacation planner.

Take a train from Dijon to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dijon in December; daily highs in Marseille reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
You'll explore and learn at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Espace Georges Brassens. Escape the urban bustle at Espiguette Beach and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue. Get out of town with these interesting Arles side-trips: Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Horseback Riding Tours, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Montmajour.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Arles tour builder website.

You can drive from Marseille to Arles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Marseille, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Arles, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Albi.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Albi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Albi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Albi, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

Saint-Malo

— 3 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cap Fréhel and Les Remparts de Dinan. Visit Promenade du Clair de Lune and Saint-Malo Cathedral for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Malo: Chateau de Fougeres (in Fougeres) and Abbaye de Beauport (in Paimpol). There's much more to do: browse the fresh offerings at Marche aux Huitres, make a trip to Centre Historique, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, and kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Saint-Malo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Albi to Saint-Malo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albi in December, Saint-Malo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Beaches · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Remains Mulberry Harbour. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux route planner.

Getting from Saint-Malo to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:

Honfleur

— 3 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Get some historical perspective at Notre Dame de Grace and Rue du Gros-Horloge. Step off the beaten path and head to Chemin des Douaniers and Plage de Trouville. Change things up with these side-trips from Honfleur: Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Gros-Horloge) and Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, stroll through Deauville Beach, and make a trip to Vieux Bassin.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Honfleur online trip planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Honfleur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Bayeux in December, plan for little chillier days in Honfleur, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Honfleur

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

Paris

— 7 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and Atelier des Lumieres. Head to Avant-Garde Gallery and Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmannfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, admire the masterpieces at Musee De Cluny, and take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Honfleur to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 24:

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.