16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Fontainebleau
— 1 night
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Menton
— 2 nights
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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.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online sightseeing planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Paris is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Kuwait City in December, you will find days in Paris are cooler (9°C), and nights are little chillier (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fontainebleau.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Fontainebleau

— 1 night
Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, then indulge in some personalized pampering at MonBania, and then surround yourself with nature on Evasion Canine.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fontainebleau online visit planner.

You can drive from Paris to Fontainebleau in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December in Fontainebleau, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Fontainebleau

Spas · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

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), witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer trip maker.

You can drive from Fontainebleau to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 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 · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Place Carnot, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne road trip planning app.

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 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Menton.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Paloma Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, then enjoy the sand and surf at Eze Sur Mer Strand, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica St. Michel. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Fossan, then enjoy the sand and surf at Promenade du Soleil, and then stroll through Palmes Beach.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Menton tour builder site.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Menton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Menton are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Menton

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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.
For shopping fun, head to Rue d'Antibes or La Croisette. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Blue Beach and Plage de la Lanterne. Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Nice (Coco Beach, Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, &more). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands, discover the deep blue sea with Easy Dive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Mace, and enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe).

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Menton to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cannes are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

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.