24 days in France Itinerary

24 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

Make it your trip
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Paris
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Orange
Drive
4
Avignon
— 1 day
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5
Marseille
— 1 night
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Nice
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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9
La Rochelle
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10
Amboise
— 2 nights
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11
Mont-Saint-Michel
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Giverny
— 1 day
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Paris

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.
For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planner.

Houston, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in October, expect nights in Paris to be slightly colder, around 10°C, while days are colder, around 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:

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.
Lyon is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lyon online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Orange.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Orange

Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Orange trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Lyon to Orange in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Orange, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Avignon.

Things to do in Orange

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Avignon

— 1 day

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.
On the 15th (Fri), take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, browse the eclectic array of goods at Avignon Les Halles, then steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, then take in the views from Pont du Gard, and finally catch a live event at Arenes de Nimes.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Avignon day trip app.

Traveling by car from Orange to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Avignon are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

Marseille

— 1 night

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.
To find out how to plan a trip to Marseille, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Marseille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Nice

— 2 nights

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.
To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nice trip builder site.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

Carcassonne

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 18th (Mon), take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge) and then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip maker site.

Fly from Nice to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in October, Carcassonne is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

Bordeaux

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): join in the after-dark buzz at Bar a Vin. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Place de la Bourse.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux vacation builder website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

La Rochelle

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.
On the 21st (Thu), explore the activities along Vieux Port.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read La Rochelle online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to La Rochelle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in La Rochelle are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Amboise.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Amboise

— 2 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Amboise road trip planner.

Traveling by train from La Rochelle to Amboise takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In October, daily temperatures in Amboise can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sat) before leaving for Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

Mont-Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 23rd (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel and then stroll through Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3.5 hours. In October in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:

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 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum, then take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, then steep yourself in history at Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Bayeux are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Rouen

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 25th (Mon), get great views at Falaises d'Etretat.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rouen online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for Giverny.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Giverny

— 1 day
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Giverny trip maker app.

You can drive from Rouen to Giverny in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:

Paris

— 7 nights

City of Light

Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Explore Paris further: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Giverny to Paris in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 3:

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.