32 days in France Itinerary

32 days in France Itinerary

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32 days in France Itinerary

Tampa
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Nice
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Montpellier
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Lourdes
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + subway + train:  6​h
Amboise
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Paris
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
Tampa

6
days
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, Nice. Palais Lascaris and La Maison du Portal will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Pointe des Sardinaux (in Sainte-Maxime), Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence (in Vence). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Veran, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and look for all kinds of wild species at Base Nature Francois Leotard.

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Tampa, USA to Nice is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Nice is 6 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tampa in January; daily highs in Nice reach 56°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Nice

Wildlife Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Frejus, Villa Santo Sospir, Église Saint Veran, Pointe des Sardinaux, La Maison du Portal
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Pointe des Sardinaux ©
Pointe des Sardinaux
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Vieille Ville

4
days
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and La Maison Carree will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to La Maison des Vautours and Maison de la Nature. Explore Montpellier's surroundings by going to Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Les Gorges de Regalon (in Merindol). It doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musée Fabre.

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You can drive from Nice to Montpellier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Maison Carree, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, Les Gorges de Regalon, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, La Maison des Vautours
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Maison de la Nature ©
Maison de la Nature
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes ©
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes
La Maison Carree ©
La Maison Carree

5
days
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cité de Carcassonne and Eglise Notre-Dame. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sainte-Cecile Cathedral of Albi and Basilica of Saint-Nazaire. Venture out of the city with trips to Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean), Source Salee de la Sals (in Sougraigne) and La Pisciculture du Pont de Caylus (in Villeneuve les Beziers). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Carcassonne Medieval City, learn about winemaking at Chateau Canet, step into the grandiose world of Château Comtal, and stop by Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne vacation planner.

You can drive from Montpellier to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Montpellier in January, expect nights in Carcassonne to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Albi, Chateau Canet, Eglise Notre-Dame, La Pisciculture du Pont de Caylus, Reserve Africaine de Sigean
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Reserve Africaine de Sigean ©
Reserve Africaine de Sigean
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Sainte-Cecile Cathedral of Albi ©
Sainte-Cecile Cathedral of Albi

4
days
Lourdes

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at SARL DU SANCTUAIRE and La Villa de Seviac. Visit Chateau De Poudenas and Eglise Saint Girons for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Boulevard des Pyrenees (in Pau), Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees (in Arreau) and Eglise de L'Hopital-Saint-Blaise (in Hopital-Saint-Blaise). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée de la Médaille Miraculeuse and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacre-Coeur Parish Churc.

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You can drive from Carcassonne to Lourdes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Lourdes can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Eglise Saint Girons, Chateau De Poudenas, Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees, Eglise de L'Hopital-Saint-Blaise, Boulevard des Pyrenees
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SARL DU SANCTUAIRE ©
SARL DU SANCTUAIRE
Chateau De Poudenas ©
Chateau De Poudenas
Eglise Saint Girons ©
Eglise Saint Girons

5
days
Amboise

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Chambord and Chateau de Cheverny. Get a sense of the local culture at Château du Clos Lucé and Château de Villandry. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amboise: Saint-Louis de Chambord (in Chambord), Basilique Notre-Dame de Cléry-Saint-André (in Clery-Saint-Andre) and Blois (Chateau Royal de Blois & Basilique Notre Dame de la Trinité). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Chateau d'Amboise, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Gatien, pause for some serene contemplation at Mairie, and see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Amboise trip planner.

You can drive from Lourdes to Amboise in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in January, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cheverny, Blois, Chambord, Basilique Notre-Dame de Cléry-Saint-André, Cathedrale St-Gatien
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Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Château du Clos Lucé
Château du Clos Lucé
Chateau d'Amboise ©
Chateau d'Amboise

6
days
Paris

Paris
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.
Popular historic sites such as Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Palace of Versailles are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Musée d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dôme Sacre Coeur, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and don't miss a visit to La Madeleine.

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You can take a train from Amboise to Paris in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In February in Paris, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musée d'Orsay ©
Musée d'Orsay

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