9 days in France Itinerary

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Paris — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then explore the world behind art at Petit Palais, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris tour site.

Mexico City, Mexico to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Paris is 7 hours. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Musee Berenger Sauniere, explore the historical opulence of Rennes le chateau, and then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carcassonne vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Carcassonne, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mirepoix.
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Mirepoix — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Place des Couverts, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirepoix Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Lagarde, and finally wander the streets of Place Marechal Leclerc.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mirepoix trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Carcassonne to Mirepoix in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Mirepoix can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Minerve.
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Minerve — 1 night

On the 15th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Prehistoire Regionale, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Coupe-Roses, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Hurepel, and finally don't miss a visit to Le site cathare de Minerve.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Minerve trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Mirepoix to Minerve in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In September in Minerve, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Albi.
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Albi — 2 nights

Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, then make a trip to Place du Vigan, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Albi trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Minerve to Albi by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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.