29 days in France & Germany Itinerary

29 days in France & Germany Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
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Paris, France

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Epernay (Avenue de Champagne & Mercier) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Bayeux, France

— 2 nights
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 7th (Fri): browse the fresh offerings at Maison Lebrec, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, take in the history at Omaha Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and finally make a trip to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and then awaken your taste buds at Cave Cidricole Lecornu.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bayeux road trip planning site.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Carcassonne, France

— 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 9th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal du Midi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Just. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Place Gambetta, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, then don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Carcassonne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bayeux in October: highs in Carcassonne hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

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Avignon, France

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, then make a trip to Pont du Gard, and finally learn about winemaking at Les Vignerons de Tavel.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Avignon trip builder website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Nice, France

— 5 nights

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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and La Croisette (in Cannes). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nice travel route planning site.

Drive from Avignon to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Avignon in October, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Rothenburg, Germany

— 3 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wurzburg (St. Kilian Cathedral, Fortress Marienberg, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Altstadt, steep yourself in history at Markusturm and Buttelhaus, look for gifts at Teddyland, and get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg online tour builder.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Nice to Rothenburg in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in October, expect Rothenburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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Munich, Germany

— 4 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, and see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Munich tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Rothenburg to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
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Berlin, Germany

— 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Berlin trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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France travel guide

4.3
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.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.