28 days in France Itinerary

28 days in France Itinerary

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Drive to Folkestone, Train to Calais-Fréthun, Drive to Rouen
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Rouen
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Giverny (Musee de Mecanique Naturelle & Fondation Claude Monet), Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers) and Mediatheque Le Pressoir (in Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, make a trip to La maison sublime, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Saint-Sever, and examine the collection at Musee Secq des Tournelles.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen trip itinerary maker site.

London, UK to Rouen is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of car and train. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Rouen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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 23rd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Hermanville War Cemetery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, then get your game on at RS Simulation Caen, then let little ones run wild at Paintball fury, and finally head outdoors with Norman'Air.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 3 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mont-Saint-Michel: Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets), Chapelle Saint-Michel (in Mortain) and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel, examine the collection at Musee du poire, steep yourself in history at Parc des Forges de Varenne, and take in the local highlights with Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel online trip builder.

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 March, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Parc des Rives du Loup (in La Colle sur Loup), Biot (Eglise de Biot & Galerie Gabel) and Antibes (Jeff de Bruges, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris, make a trip to Place Massena, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in March, with highs in Nice at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Sainte-Maxime), Golf de Roquebrune Resort (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens) and Brocante Au Bucheron (in Saint-Aygulf). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Saint-Francois de Paule, appreciate the history behind Monument aux Morts, and let little ones run wild at Total Xscape.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael travel route app.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nice in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Adventure

Side Trips

Marseille

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Sentier Jean Francois Jube (in Le Pradet), Virtual Room Toulon (in La Valette-du-Var) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales, get outside with Sentier sous marin, and relax in the rural setting at Var Lamas.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Marseille online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Avignon

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: La Petite Ferme (in Villes-sur-Auzon), Veloroute Via Venaissia (in Carpentras) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, learn about winemaking at Cave Ourouse, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon road trip site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Paris

— 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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Le Marais, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip maker site.

Take a train from Avignon to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Avignon in April, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (18°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.