28 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 3 nights
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Caen
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Dijon
— 2 nights
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Paris
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Paris — 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Do your shopping at The Royal Chapel and words and things. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

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If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Caen.
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Caen — 3 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Visit Normandy American Cemetery and Place Saint-Sauveur for their historical value. Head to La Maison du Biscuit and Maison Lebrecfor some retail therapy. Explore Caen's surroundings by going to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (D-Day Monument & Omaha Beach), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and German War Cemetery (in Orglandes). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Zen Hydro Fit.

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Traveling by car from Paris to Caen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 4 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.
For shopping fun, head to Promenade Sainte Catherine or Chocolaterie Bordeaux Maison Darricau depuis 1915. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Place de la Bourse and Chateau Cantenac. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion (Chateau Cadet-Pontet & Chateau Laniote) and Chateau Panet, Vignobles Carles (in Saint-Christophe-Des-Bardes). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, examine the collection at La Cite du Vin, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror.

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Getting from Caen to Bordeaux by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Caen in October, expect nights in Bordeaux to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cité de Carcassonne and Basilique Saint-Sernin. Let the collections at Poterie De La Bascule and Cite de l'espace capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Toulouse (Musee des Augustins & Hotel d'Assezat). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and brush up on your military savvy at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante.

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Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Carcassonne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

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Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In November in Avignon, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Musee de Grenoble. Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Step out of Lyon with an excursion to Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere in Grenoble--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, see the interesting displays at Musee des Confluences, browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and stop by La Fromagerie d'Oullins.

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You can take a train from Avignon to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lyon: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dijon.
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Dijon — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Elus, learn about winemaking at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, do a tasting at Chateau de Pommard, then learn about winemaking at Patriarche Pere & Fils, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeries Bartoux Beaune.

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You can drive from Lyon to Dijon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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Paris — 6 nights

City of Light

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Your inner history buff will appreciate Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Galerie des Carrosses). Explore Paris further: wander the streets of Le Marais, admire the masterpieces at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, examine the collection at Musee des Arts et Metiers, and learn about all things military at The Army Museum.

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Take a train from Dijon to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling 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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