35 days in France Itinerary

35 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Honfleur
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
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Biarritz
— 2 nights
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Cannes
— 4 nights
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Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 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.
Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paris online holiday planner.

Manchester, UK to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Paris. Traveling from Manchester in July, things will get a bit warmer in Paris: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, then make a trip to Vieux Bassin, and then don't miss a visit to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, stroll around Les Jardins d'Etretat, then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Honfleur route maker tool.

You can drive from Paris to Honfleur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Paris in July, with highs in Honfleur at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Discover out-of-the-way places like Memorial de Caen and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, and examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux driving holiday website.

Getting from Honfleur to Bayeux by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mont Saint-Michel and Fort La Latte. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pointe du Grouin and Cap Fréhel. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Malo side-trips: Abbaye de Beauport (in Paimpol) and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). The adventure continues: expand your understanding of the military at Fort National, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, and don't miss a visit to Centre Historique.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo online vacation planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Biarritz

— 2 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
On the 6th (Sat), kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques, get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, then take an in-depth tour of Villa Arnaga, and finally stop by L'Atelier du Piment. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Promenade Jacques Thibaud, kick back and relax at Plage d'Hendaye, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Biarritz online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Saint-Malo to Biarritz in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Biarritz when traveling from Saint-Malo in August, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Rocamadour

— 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
On the 8th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, and then steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then engage your brain at Grotte du Pech-Merle, and then Head underground at Gouffre de Padirac.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocamadour online travel route builder.

You can drive from Biarritz to Rocamadour in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rocamadour when traveling from Biarritz in August, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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.
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Musee De L'ecole will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cité de Carcassonne and Chateau Royale de Collioure. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Fort Saint-Elme (in Collioure), Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau) and Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy & Les Jardins de la Berbie). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Peyrepertuse, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent, and learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

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Getting from Rocamadour to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
You'll explore and learn at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Carrieres des Lumieres. Step out of the city life by going to Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Arles: Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes), Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole & Site Archeologique de Glanum) and Espiguette Beach (in Le Grau-du-Roi). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Arles online holiday maker.

Drive from Carcassonne to Arles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Arles are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Cannes

— 4 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Renoir. Head to Rue d'Antibes and Lavallie Bijoux et Joailleriefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Cannes: Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Vieille Ville (in Nice) and Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze (in Eze). There's still lots to do: stop by Le Suquet, take a stroll through La Croisette, savor the flavors at Marche Forville, and get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie du Faune.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cannes day trip site.

Drive from Arles to Cannes in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Calvi, Corsica

— 2 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. On the 22nd (Mon), delve into the distant past at Village abandonné d'Occi, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Calvi travel planning website.

Traveling by flight from Cannes to Calvi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In August in Calvi, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Plage De Roccapina, get all the equipment you need at Gear Rentals, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Bonifacio road trip tool.

You can drive from Calvi to Bonifacio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Calvi in August, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Bonifacio. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

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.