59 days in France Itinerary

59 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner

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Paris
— 8 nights
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Honfleur
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vannes
— 4 nights
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La Rochelle
— 4 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
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Colmar
— 1 night
Drive
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Nancy
— 2 nights
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Reims
— 7 nights
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Paris

— 8 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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Army Museum and Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (Palace of Versailles, The Hall of Mirrors, &more), Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy) and Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Latin Quarter, visit 1st Arrondissement, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Taipei, Taiwan to Paris is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Taipei Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Taipei in August, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Paris: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Honfleur

— 2 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
On the 19th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Appartement Temoin, examine the collection at Musee Maison de L'Armateur, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame des Flots, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Personnalites, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Eugene Boudin, and finally steep yourself in history at Eglise Saint-Leonard. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Lisieux, contemplate the long history of Les Buissonnets, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience, try your luck at Hippodrome Deauville La Touques, then stroll through Deauville Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Batteries du Mont Canisy.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Honfleur visit planning tool.

Getting from Paris to Honfleur by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in August, expect nights in Honfleur to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 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 21st (Fri): take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, brush up on your military savvy at Musee D-Day Omaha, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, take in the history at Omaha Beach, then steep yourself in history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944, take in the history at Kunstlicher Hafen, take a memorable drive along Les Falaises d'Arromanches, then wander the streets of Quartier du Vaugueux, then make a trip to Eglise Saint-Pierre, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musée de Normandie.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bayeux trip itinerary website.

Getting from Honfleur to Bayeux by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 23rd (Sun), make a trip to Grand Degre, don't miss a visit to Tour de L'Arcade, don't miss a visit to Tour Gabriel, then make a trip to Pointe du Grouin du Sud, then stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, and finally snap pictures at Le Vieux Pont de Ducey.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 2 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Cathedraloscope, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Samson, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique St-Sauveur, then make a trip to Centre Historique, then don't miss a visit to La Tour de l'Horloge, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Malo de Dinan. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pointe du Moulinet, steep yourself in history at Villa les Roches Brunes, kick back and relax at Plage de Bon-Secours, then don't miss a visit to La Grand' Porte, then trek along GR 34, and finally steep yourself in history at Long cours et Cap Horniers (tour Solidor).

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Malo road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vannes.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Vannes

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Gulf

Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musée de Pont-Aven and Cathedrale Saint Pierre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Centre Historique de Vannes and Basilique Notre Dame du Roncier. Venture out of the city with trips to Quimper (Musee Departemental Breton, Musee de la Faience de Quimper, &more), Carnac (Dolmens de Mane Kerioned, Eglise Saint Cornely, &more) and Chateau de Keriolet (in Concarneau). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Le Grand Blockhaus, make a trip to Le Port de Plaisance, see the interesting displays at La Maison du Cidre, and take a stroll through Place Henri IV.

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

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Vannes in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August in Vannes, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Vannes

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Association Hermione-La Fayette and Le Bunker de La Rochelle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits and Musee Maritime de La Rochelle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Rochelle: Fort Louvois (in Bourcefranc le Chapus), Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines (in Meschers-sur-Gironde) and Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont (in Talmont sur Gironde). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Maillezais, examine the collection at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, stroll through Plage de Chatelaillon, and don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Vannes to La Rochelle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vannes in August: high temperatures in La Rochelle hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau des Milandes and Chateau Belingard. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vieux Sarlat and L'Abbaye de Saint-Avit-Senieur. Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Bastide d'Eymet (in Eymet), Chateau Lestevenie (in Gageac-et-Rouillac) and French Wine Adventures (in Saussignac). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Les Cabanes du Breuil, relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, Head underground at Abri de Cap Blanc, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Lacypierre.

Make your Sarlat-la-Caneda itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from La Rochelle to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from La Rochelle in September, Sarlat-la-Caneda is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cité de Carcassonne and O'Vineyards. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateaux de Lastours and Pont Vieux. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Narbonne (Donjon Gilles Aycelin, Musee Archeologique, &more), Chateau de Paraza (in Paraza) and Mirepoix (Place des Couverts, Place Marechal Leclerc, &more). There's much more to do: let your taste buds guide you at Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Magdala.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne day trip site.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carcassonne, with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 4 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Caverne du Pont-d'Arc and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get some cultural insight at Ferme des Freres Perrel and Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle. Venture out of the city with trips to Mont Mezenc (in Les Estables), Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille (Musee de l'Ecole & Musee des Croyances Populaires) and Le ron des fades village miniature (in Dompnac). The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche, examine the collection at Verasoie Musee Magnanerie, learn about winemaking at Domaine de Montine, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Museums · Nature · Parks · Tours

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palais des Papes and Musee du Petit Palais. Explore hidden gems such as Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole and St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime). Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & Espace Van Gogh), Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Chateau de la Gardine & Chateau de Pape Jean XXII) and Arc de Triomphe (in Orange). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Ile de la Barthelasse, have fun and explore at Musee 1900, appreciate the history behind Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon, and explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Avignon trip planner.

Drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Nice

— 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Ville medieval. Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Basilica St. Michel. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Fort de la Ligne Maginot (in Sainte-Agnes), Menton (Cemetery of the Old Chateau & Promenade du Soleil) and Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Harbor (La Darse), get outside with Promenade du Paillon, contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos, and step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Nice online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Avignon to Nice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Nice. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): snap pictures at Pont du Diable, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de Toute Grace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Gervais Saint Protais, make a trip to Maison Forte de Hautetour, then see the interesting displays at Musee d'Art Sacre de Saint Nicolas de Veroce, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean Baptiste. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Michel, see the world from above with Chamonix Mont-Blanc Helicopteres, identify plant and animal life at Aiguilles Rouges, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Alpin, and finally stroll the grounds of Chamonix Cemetery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chamonix tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Nice to Chamonix by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Chamonix

Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Colmar

— 1 night

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): do a tasting at Hugel et Fils, learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Saint-Ulrich, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville de Turckheim, then go for a walk through Grand Rue De Colmar, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu.

Plan trip to Colmar with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Colmar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or take a train. September in Colmar sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nancy.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Nancy

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame de Bonsecours, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale et cloitre Saint Etienne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Martin de Sillegny, then admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Gouverneur de Metz, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Maximin. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Place Stanislas, steep yourself in history at Eglise des Cordeliers, pause for some photo ops at Place de la Carriere, then explore the world behind art at Musee Historique Lorrain, then don't miss a visit to Basilique Saint-Epvre, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Sebastien.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nancy trip site.

Traveling by car from Colmar to Nancy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Reims.

Things to do in Nancy

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Reims

— 7 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Moet et Chandon and Basilique Saint-Remi. Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Budding. Get out of town with these interesting Reims side-trips: Romagne-sous-Montfaucon (Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial & Romagne 14-18), Billecart-Salmon (in Mareuil-sur-Ay) and Champagne Le Gallais (in Boursault). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, take in the history at La Tranchee de Chattancourt, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise-Saint-Pantaleon, and learn about winemaking at Champagnes Pommery.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Reims itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Nancy to Reims takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September in Reims, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

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.