22 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Train to Lyon, Fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris driving holiday website.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Paris, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Paris to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, and then get in on the family fun at KOEZIO Lyon. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Lyon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the flight 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.
Bring the kids along to Marineland and Old Town. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to TakSea (in Saint-Raphael), Frejus (Aqualand Frejus & Parc Zoologique de Frejus) and Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, kick back and relax at Castel Plage, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice journey maker site.

You can fly from Lyon to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 4 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.
Attractions like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Palais des Papes make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac (in Orgnac-l'Aven), Caverne du Pont-d'Arc (in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc) and Marseille (Abbaye Saint Victor, Le Vieux Port, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wine Safari, stop by La Cave des Halles, admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Avignon journey planner.

Drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in July, you will find days in Avignon are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are a bit cooler (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Grolejac, then let the kids burn off some steam at Labyrinthe de Mais des Chateaux, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Exotique, then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Avignon to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Avignon in July, expect Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel and then cool off at Alligator Bay.

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You can fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in July: highs in Mont-Saint-Michel hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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France travel guide

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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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