33 days in France Itinerary

33 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Paris
— 7 nights
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Cannes
— 7 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Strasbourg
— 6 nights
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Le Marais. Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris online vacation planner.

Baghdad, Iraq to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Baghdad in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Colleville-sur-Mer

— 2 nights
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the fresh offerings at Maison Lebrec, witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colleville-sur-Mer trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Paris to Colleville-sur-Mer by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Colleville-sur-Mer can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Beaches · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel and then hike along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours.

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Drive from Colleville-sur-Mer to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Cannes.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Cannes

— 7 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Get some cultural insight at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lérins Islands and Le Suquet. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannes: Nice (Palais Lascaris, Musée Marc Chagall, &more) and Grasse (Musee du Bijou et du Costume Provencal, Musee International de la Parfumerie, &more). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Rue d'Antibes, visit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso, and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie de Cannes.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cannes journey planner.

You can fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Cannes in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in December, expect nights in Cannes to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Marseille

— 5 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.
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles and Carrieres des Lumieres will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Promenade a Cheval La Marisma and Parc National des Calanques. Venture out of the city with trips to Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon), Trolib (in Cassis) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Cours Mirabeau, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and take a stroll through The Panier.

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You can drive from Cannes to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee des Augustins and Musee De L'ecole. Popular historic sites such as Cité de Carcassonne and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Church of Les Jacobins), Escape Game S Room Agency (in Montauban) and Cave de Labastide (in Labastide-de-Levis). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, get to know the fascinating history of Place Carnot, and pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Carcassonne journey tool.

You can fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

Strasbourg

— 6 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Let the collections at Palais de Rohan and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy capture your imagination. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Verrerie d'Art de Kaysersberg and Mon Oncle Malker de Munster. Explore Strasbourg's surroundings by going to Chapelle Sainte-Marguerite (in Epfig), Eglise Sainte-Foy (in Selestat) and Little Venice (in Colmar). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, and examine the collection at Musée historique de la ville de Strasbourg.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Strasbourg trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Strasbourg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne in January, things will get a bit cooler in Strasbourg: highs are around 6°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 22:

France travel guide

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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.