25 days in France Itinerary

25 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— Few hours
Drive
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Amboise
— 3 nights
Train
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
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Paris

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Palais Garnier, Grevin Museum, Louvre Museum, and other attractions. Bring the kids along to Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Montmartre, make a trip to Place des Vosges, and steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris visit site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Paris, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in May: highs in Paris hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 29:

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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): look for gifts at Cave a Vin - Le Volet qui penche and then stroll around Jardin Public de Bayeux. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, take in the history at Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then make a trip to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Baron Gerard.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux day trip app.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 31st (Sun), you're off to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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Bayeux

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll set off for Amboise on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Bayeux

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:

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Amboise

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. On the 2nd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, and then walk around Mini-Châteaux Val de Loire. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal de Blois, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then do a tasting at Plou Et Fils, and finally do a tasting at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Amboise trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Amboise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:

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Lyon

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Parc de la Tete d'Or. Step out of Lyon to go to Perouges and see Cite medievale de Perouges, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, take a stroll through Place des Jacobins, and stop by La boutique de Mathilde.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lyon trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Amboise to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Amboise in June, expect Lyon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:

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Aix-en-Provence

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Aviasim Aix-en-Provence, see the interesting displays at Fondation Vasarely, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and finally steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Aix-en-Provence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

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Nice

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 Colline du Chateau overlook. Step out of Nice to go to Cannes and see Lérins Islands, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and stop by La Cave de Stephane.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip site.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Aix-en-Provence, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

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Chamonix

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Bring the kids along to Aiguille du Midi and Domaine des Planards. Change things up with these side-trips from Chamonix: Lake Annecy (in Annecy), Eglise Saint-Germain l'Ermitage (in Talloires) and Station de Ski les Saisies (in Les Saisies). The adventure continues: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, head outdoors with Lac Bleu, get to know the resident critters at Parc de Merlet, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamonix vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Chamonix takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.