32 days in France Itinerary

32 days in France Itinerary

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Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arromanches-les-Bains
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cognac
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Auch City
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Toulouse
— 7 nights
Drive
9
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Rouen

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Step off the beaten path and head to Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou and Parlement de Normandie. Let the collections at Ceramics Museum (Musee de la Ceramique) and Musee d'Histoire Naturelle de Rouen capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Plage-Baignade Yport (in Yport) and Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre (in Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Tour Jeanne d'Arc, see the interesting displays at Musee des Antiquites, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Patrice, and admire the landmark architecture of Bureau des Finances.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Rouen trip itinerary planning website.

Kingston, Canada to Rouen is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kingston to Rouen is 6 hours. When traveling from Kingston in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Rouen: temperatures range from 8°C by day to 1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Arromanches-les-Bains.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

2
nights
Arromanches-les-Bains

Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at La Flamme and then don't miss a visit to Memorial Royal Engineers. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944, then stop by H2O Parapluies, then steep yourself in history at Hillman Site, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Cabourg.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Arromanches-les-Bains trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Arromanches-les-Bains takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

Things to do in Arromanches-les-Bains

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

2
nights
Sainte-Mere-Eglise

Sainte-Mère-Église is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in northwestern France. On the 26th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Chapelle des Marins and then take in the views from La Fiere Bridge and Iron Mike Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Hotel de Beaumont, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain, and finally examine the collection at Ferme-Musee du Cotentin.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sainte-Mere-Eglise trip planner.

You can drive from Arromanches-les-Bains to Sainte-Mere-Eglise in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Sainte-Mere-Eglise

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

3
nights
Saint-Malo

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
You'll explore and learn at Le monde du coquillage and Memorial 39/45. Get a sense of the local culture at Eglise Saint-Meen and Abbaye de Lehon. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to La Grand' Porte, step into the grandiose world of Chateau - Tour du Coetquen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Anglicane Saint Bartholomew, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Terre- Neuvas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo vacation site.

Drive from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Cognac.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

3
nights
Cognac

Cognac is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get curious at La Construction Pharaonique, Les Outils, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Leger, admire the striking features of La Maison de la Lieutenance, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cognac Groussin, and finally look for gifts at Ambre Concept Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Pierre, then do a tasting at Pineau Cognac Roussille, then do a tasting at Earl Du Logis de la Bree, and finally examine the collection at Espace Decouverte en Pays du Cognac.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cognac online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Cognac takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Cognac

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

3
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Sarlat-la-Caneda

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise Saint Sauveur and Musee Paulin Ratier. St-Pierre-Toirac Church and Forteresse de Miremont are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Place des Ecritures (in Figeac) and Chateau de Campagne (in Campagne). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Statues des Trois Oies, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Game Historique de Sarlat - la Tour du Bourreau, sample the tasty concoctions at Biere Artisanale Sarlat, and sample the fine beverages at Distillerie la Salamandre.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip app.

You can drive from Cognac to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Sarlat-la-Caneda can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Auch City.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trips

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Auch City

Tresor de la Cathedrale and Eglise Saint-Orens will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Musee des Jacobins and Cathedrale Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auch City: Eglise Sainte-Quitterie UNESCO WHS (in Aire-sur-l'Adour), Chapel Church Église Notre-Dame de la Chapelle (in Lachapelle) and Biscuiterie Artisanale l'Atelier 27/Croc & Miam! (in Fleurance).

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Auch City trip planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Auch City in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Auch City

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

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Toulouse

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
You'll explore and learn at Musee Departemental de la Resistance & de la Deportation and Ailes Anciennes Toulouse. Chateau Foucaud et parc and Espace EDF Bazacle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Toulouse: Albi (Palais de la Berbie, Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, &more), Maroquinerie Philippe Serres (in Briatexte) and Village Medieval de Lautrec (in Lautrec). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Carmelites, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Nicolas Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quai de la Daurade, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Brousse le Chateau.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Toulouse day trip app.

Getting from Auch City to Toulouse by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. February in Toulouse sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

3
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Carcassonne

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 some cultural insight at Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine and Chateau Auzias. Maison de la Truffe d'Occitanie and Maison de la Chevalerie- La Cite will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Eglise Saint-Paul (in Narbonne), Domaine des Deux Ruisseaux (in Sauvian) and Jonqueres D'oriola Vignobles - Chateau de Corneilla Del Vercol (in Corneilla-del-Vercol). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Memorial House (Maison des Memoires), don't miss a visit to Eglise des Carmes, see the interesting displays at Musee Chapy, and stop by Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Toulouse to Carcassonne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. February in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

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.