35 days in France Itinerary

35 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Breaute Beuzeville
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Etretat
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Millau
— 3 nights
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Etretat

— 3 nights
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Explore Etretat's surroundings by going to Musee de Dieppe (in Dieppe), Le Fleuve La Veules (in Veules-les-Roses) and Cimetiere Marin (in Varengeville-sur-Mer). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, admire the landmark architecture of Palais Benedictine, try your luck at Casino JOA Etretat, and examine the collection at Musee des Pecheries.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Etretat travel planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Etretat is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and train. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Auckland to Etretat due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Etretat, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Caramels d'Isigny (in Isigny-sur-Mer) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

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Traveling by car from Etretat to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 9th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then get engrossed in the history at Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel, and finally make a trip to Barrage sur le Couesnon. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord, don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue, examine the collection at Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel, then identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, and finally steep yourself in history at Maison de l'Artichaut.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip maker website.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Nice

— 4 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.
Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and get your game on at SENSAS Nice.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice online travel planner.

You can fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in May: high temperatures in Nice hover around 24°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Saint-Raphael

— 2 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stop by Catalan Bougie, make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, and then pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Musee des Troupes de Marine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Base Nature Francois Leotard, then let the kids burn off some steam at Total Xscape, and finally hike along Les Balcons du Cap Roux.

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Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Fun & Games

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Le Tour de l'Horloge & Paul Cezanne’s Studio). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read our Marseille attractions planner.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence, Carrieres des Lumieres, &more) and Site Archeologique de Glanum (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and examine the collection at Musee Angladon.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Avignon trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques in Peyzac-le-Moustier (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and pause for some photo ops at Le Badaud de Sarlat.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Avignon to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Avignon in May, Sarlat-la-Caneda is slightly colder at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, take a stroll through Montmartre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Millau.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Millau

— 3 nights

Leather Capital of France

Best known for its sheepskin gloves, Millau was at the head of the French fashion industry for gloves for two centuries.
On the 31st (Mon), get outside with A2 Parapente, take in the views from Viaduc de Millau, contemplate the long history of St. Eulalie de Cernon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of La Couvertoirade, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Puncho d'Agast, explore the fascinating underground world of La Grotte des Demoiselles, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye de Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Millau day trip tool.

Getting from Paris to Millau by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Millau are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Millau

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · 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.