16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Biarritz
— 2 nights
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Menton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 5 nights
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Paris

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Fontainebleau (Evasion Canine & Chateau de Fontainebleau) and Les Bains de l'Orient (in Montereau-Fault-Yonne). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, get a taste of the local shopping with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and stop by Le Marais.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris online driving holiday planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Paris is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kuwait City to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuwait City in December, expect nights in Paris to be slightly colder, around 3°C, while days are colder, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. On the 23rd (Thu), take in the history at Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Paris to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Carcassonne

— 1 night

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.
On the 24th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

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You can fly from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Biarritz.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Biarritz

— 2 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
On the 25th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Milady, then kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques, then enjoy the sand and surf at Port Vieux Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Plage des Cavaliers. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage des Alcyons, then kick back and relax at Plage d'Hendaye, then enjoy the sand and surf at Socoa Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Biarritz day trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Biarritz by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December in Biarritz, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Menton.

Things to do in Biarritz

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Menton

— 2 nights

Pearl of France

Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
On the 27th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Paloma Beach, then kick back and relax at Eze Sur Mer Strand, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilica St. Michel. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Palmes Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Fossan, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Promenade du Soleil, then admire the masterpieces at La Salle des Mariages, and finally make a trip to Visite Confiturerie Herbin.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Menton route builder app.

Getting from Biarritz to Menton by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December in Menton, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Menton

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Cannes

— 5 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 historical perspective at Vieille Ville and Lérins Islands. Get a sense of the local culture at Rue d'Antibes and La Croisette. Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Nice (Plage de la Lanterne, Coco Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with Easy Dive, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Mace, get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet, and get a taste of the local shopping with Marche Forville.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cannes trip site.

You can drive from Menton to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cannes

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:

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.