36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 6 nights
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Etretat
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Toulouse
— 5 nights
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Gavarnie
— 2 nights
Drive to Toulouse, Fly to Nice
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Paris

— 6 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Montmartre, and browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris holiday tool.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from San Jose to Paris, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Paris is a bit cooler than San Jose - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Etretat

— 2 nights
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Etretat is known for parks, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Falaises d'Etretat, stroll around Les Jardins d'Etretat, and don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Etretat trip tool.

You can drive from Paris to Etretat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll set off for Mont-Saint-Michel on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Nature

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 10th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Etretat to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Bordeaux

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc) and Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse and admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bordeaux by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in May, you will find days in Bordeaux are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toulouse

— 5 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to O'Vineyards (in Villemoustaussou), Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac) and Carcassonne Center (Cité de Carcassonne, Eglise Saint-Nazaire, &more). It doesn't end there: Head underground at Grotte des Carbonnieres.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. May in Toulouse sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gavarnie.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Gavarnie

— 2 nights
Gavarnie is a former commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in south-western France. On the 20th (Thu), go for a walk through Cirque de Troumouse, then admire the sheer force of Cirque de Gavarnie, and then contemplate the long history of Moulins de Gedre-Dessus. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at La Breche De Roland and then get outside with Cirque d'Estaube.

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You can drive from Toulouse to Gavarnie in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Gavarnie

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Antibes (Chapelle Saint-Bernardin & Musee Picasso) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Gavarnie to Nice takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Saint-Tropez (La Ponche Beach & St. Tropez Harbor), Aiguines (Chapelle Saint Pierre & Lac De Sainte Croix) and La Guilde des Vignerons du Thoronet (in Le Thoronet). The adventure continues: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Catalan Bougie, and let the kids burn off some steam at Jardin Bonaparte.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael day trip app.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marseille

— 2 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.
On the 31st (Mon), take a stroll through The Panier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Marseille online route 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 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Museums

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres), Roussillon (Il Etait Une Flamme, Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, &more) and Van Gogh Walk (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, visit Place Des Carmes, admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Avignon tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Avignon, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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.