32 days in France Itinerary

32 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Rouen
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Fly to Lyon, Train to Avignon
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Paris

— 4 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 a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris journey maker website.

Erbil, Iraq to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Erbil to Paris, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Erbil in May, plan for cooler days in Paris, with highs around 20°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rouen

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat), Palais Benedictine (in Fecamp) and Appartement Temoin (in Le Havre). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and take some stellar pictures from Panorama Mont-Joli.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen travel planner.

Getting from Paris to Rouen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Rouen are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Calvados Christian Drouin (in Coudray-Rabut), Pont-L'Eveque (Quartier des Vaucelles & Les Dominicaines, Espace Culturel & Artotheque) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, experience rural life at La Ferme aux Cinq Saisons, and contemplate the long history of Les Buissonnets.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip builder.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Bayeux sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Golf

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Cheval Enjeu (in Vaugines) and Chateau de Lourmarin (in Lourmarin). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Avignon trip builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Avignon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bayeux in May, with highs in Avignon at 27°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Marseille

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Musee des Chantiers Naval), Virtual Room Toulon (in La Valette-du-Var) and Cassis (Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis & Saint Michel Church). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Anglicane, and contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Marseille online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Sainte-Maxime (Galerie Regard, Kelys, &more), Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez (in Saint-Tropez) and Domaine de la Giscle (in Cogolin). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, trek along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, get outside with Cap du Dramont, and let the kids burn off some steam at Jardin Bonaparte.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael route planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Museums

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Menton (Musee de Prehistoire Regionale & Basilica St. Michel) and Fromagerie Ceneri (in Cannes). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip builder tool.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

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.