41 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

41 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

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Paris
— 7 nights
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Marseille
— 7 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne Center
— 4 nights
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Limoges
— 4 nights
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La Rochelle
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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Paris

— 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice and Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet. Your inner history buff will appreciate Église Saint-Eustache and Eglise Saint-Quiriace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Chateau de Breteuil (in Choisel), Chateau de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas' House (in Le Port-Marly) and Grandes Cascades du Mont Dore (in Le Mont-Dore). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musee des Arts Forains, enjoy breathtaking views from La Tour Cesar, wander the streets of Quartier Montparnasse, and get engrossed in the history at Musee de Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planning website.

Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In July in Paris, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Marseille

— 7 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pavillon M and Musee des Docks Romains. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer and Musee Cantini. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Sanary-sur-Mer (Musee International de la Plongee Autonome Frederic Dumas & Decouverte du Vivant), Aix-en-Provence (Halle aux Grains, Tours in Provence - Day Tours, &more) and Domaines Bunan (in La Cadiere d'Azur). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Marseille, examine the collection at Le Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol, explore the world behind art at Musee Grobet-Labadie, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Laurent.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille journey planning site.

Take a train from Paris to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In July, Marseille is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 88°F and lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Avignon

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon and Eglise Sainte-Marthe de Tarascon. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilique Saint Pierre and Distillerie A. Blachere. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Cavaillon (Synagogue & Hotel d'Agar), Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Chateau de la Gardine & Chateau de Pape Jean XXII) and Eglise St-Vincent (in Les Baux de Provence). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, view the masterpieces at Galerie Boutique John Gormsen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Agricol, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Feodal de Chateaurenard.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center

— 4 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateaux de Lastours and Notre-Dame-des-Auzils. Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Puilaurens and Mirepoix Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne Center: Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret), Vinaigrerie Cyril Codina (in Lagrasse) and Le Trouve Tout Du Livre (in Le Somail).

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne Center takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in July, plan for little chillier days in Carcassonne Center, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Limoges.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Limoges

— 4 nights

Porcelain City

Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
Eglise Saint Pierre du Queyroix and Chateau de Pompadour will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee du Four des casseaux and Chateau de Coussac-Bonneval. Change things up with these side-trips from Limoges: Musee & Jardins Cecile Sabourdy (in Vicq-sur-Breuilh) and Collegiale de Saint Leonard de noblat (in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Cite des Metiers et des Arts, don't miss a visit to Maison de l'email, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, and examine the collection at Le Moulin du Got.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Limoges road trip tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Limoges in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carcassonne Center in July, expect Limoges to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Limoges

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

La Rochelle

— 4 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
You'll explore and learn at Le Bunker de La Rochelle and Musee National de la Marine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont and Clocher Observatoire. Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Rochefort (Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois & Musee De l' ancienne ecole De Medecine Navale), Musee de l'Histoire Locale et de la Peche (in Talmont sur Gironde) and Citadelle Vauban (in Saint Martin de Re). The adventure continues: make a trip to Abbaye des Chateliers, examine the collection at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, learn about all things military at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle, and learn more about the world around you at Museum d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Rochelle trip app.

Getting from Limoges to La Rochelle by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Paris

— 8 nights

City of Light

Explore hidden gems such as Chateau of Vincennes and Palais de Justice. Chateau de Malmaison and Le Palais Royal will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis), Rouen (Fayencerie Augy, Historial Jeanne d’Arc, &more) and Senlis (Parc et Vestiges du Chateau Royal & Cathedrale notre-dame de Senlis). Enjoy Paris some more: see the interesting displays at Palais de Chaillot, get engrossed in the history at Maison de Victor Hugo, take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, and stop by 8th Arrondissement.

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You can take a train from La Rochelle to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips