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
Train
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Albi
— 1 night
Fly
6
Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 7 nights
Fly

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4
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Lyon

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.
Musee Miniature et Cinema and Fourviere Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Institut & Musee Lumiere and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage), Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres) and Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges). There's still lots to do: stop by The Presqu'ile, browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lyon trip itinerary site.

Wellington, New Zealand to Lyon is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 11 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Wellington in November: high temperatures in Lyon hover around 13°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

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2
nights
Dijon

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 · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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La Cave de l'Ange Gardien ©
Winery / Vineyard
La Cave de l'Ange Gardien
4.5
Le Cassissium ©
Specialty Museum
Le Cassissium
4.2

3
nights
Marseille

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 The Panier. Visiting Parc National des Calanques and Calanques will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market (in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

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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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

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Le Sentier des Ocres ©
Hiking Trail
Le Sentier des Ocres
4.4
Calanques ©
Geologic Formation
Calanques
4.7

3
nights
Arles

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 Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Arles side-trips: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée) and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour, steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime, and look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Arles driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Marseille in December, expect nights in Arles to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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1
night
Albi

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
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3
nights
Saint-Malo

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 Plage du Sillon and Les Remparts de Dinan. Visit Abbaye de Beauport 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 Cap Fréhel (in Plevenon). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, indulge your taste buds at Marche aux Huitres, and don't miss a visit to Centre Historique.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo trip planner.

Getting from Albi to Saint-Malo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albi in December, Saint-Malo is a bit 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 · Outdoors

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Plage du Sillon ©
Must see
Plage du Sillon
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Cap Fréhel ©
Lighthouse
Cap Fréhel
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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Memorial de Caen and Airborne Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Maison du Biscuit and Musee du debarquement. Take a break from Bayeux with a short trip to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, take in the history at Omaha Beach, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

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

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Omaha Beach ©
Battlefield
Omaha Beach
4.7

3
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Honfleur

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Get some historical perspective at Notre Dame de Grace and Eglise St-Joseph. 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, Rue du Gros-Horloge, &more). 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

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Neighborhood
Rue du Gros-Horloge
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7
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Army Museum and Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. Head to Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann and Avant-Garde Galleryfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, wander the streets of Latin Quarter, see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse.

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 do a combination of bus and subway. 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.

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The Army Museum
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Latin Quarter ©
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Latin Quarter
4.4

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