25 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Paris — 5 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 explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee de l’Orangerie. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice, wander the streets of Le Marais, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary website.

Miami, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Miami to Paris. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Miami in September: high temperatures in Paris hover around 70°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 12th (Mon), examine the collection at Musee des Sapeurs-Pompiers, then get a taste of the local shopping with Rue du Gros-Horloge, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, see the interesting displays at Fondation Claude Monet, and then examine the collection at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip planner.

You can drive from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Rouen sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll explore and learn at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Memorial de Caen. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Pointe du Hoc. When in Bayeux, make a side trip to see Cimetières Militaires in Ranville, approximately Ranville away. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and stroll through Omaha Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux trip maker site.

Getting from Rouen to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bayeux are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, and then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel tour itinerary app.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

On the 18th (Sun), savor the flavors at Chateau de Chambert, walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe, then make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle road trip website.

Fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in September, you will find days in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Cité de Carcassonne and Chateaux de Lastours. The adventure continues: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, and take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne attractions website.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carcassonne, with lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Avignon.
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Avignon — 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Carrieres des Lumieres and Fondation Vasarely. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Paul Cezanne’s Studio, &more), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles). There's more to do: sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Avignon are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Nice — 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Lérins Islands. You'll explore and learn at Musee Picasso and Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Vieux Port & La Croisette). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nice online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:

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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