36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Le Quesnoy
— 1 night
Drive
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Honfleur
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
Drive
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Saumur
— 4 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Millau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 1 day
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eiffel Tower, Froissy Dompierre Light Railway, Chartres Cathedral, and other attractions you added. Chateau de Chantilly and Musee Rodin will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse and Parc du Champ de Mars. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Senlis to see Chapelle Royale Saint-Frambourg about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris journey planner.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Le Quesnoy.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Le Quesnoy

— 1 night
Le Quesnoy is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.Le Quesnoy's inhabitants are known as Quercitains.EconomyThe town of Le Quesnoy has somehow missed much of the Industrial Revolution. On the 29th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Ors British Cemetery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Ors Communal Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Maison Forestiere Wilfred Owen, then admire the masterpieces at Musee departemental Matisse, and finally don't miss a visit to Fortifications.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Le Quesnoy travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Paris to Le Quesnoy takes 2.5 hours. April in Le Quesnoy sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Honfleur.

Things to do in Le Quesnoy

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Honfleur

— 4 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Popular historic sites such as Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Eglise Saint-Leonard are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Deauville Beach and Carmel De Lisieux. Change things up with these side-trips from Honfleur: Chateau du Breuil (in Le Breuil-en-Auge), Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre) and Les Buissonnets (in Ville de Lisieux). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, contemplate the long history of Greniers a sel de Honfleur, admire the masterpieces at Musee Maison de L'Armateur, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montivilliers.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Honfleur route planner.

Drive from Le Quesnoy to Honfleur in 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Honfleur are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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 explore and learn at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Normandie Savoir-Faire. Step out of the city life by going to Omaha Beach and Les Falaises d'Arromanches. Take a break from Bayeux with a short trip to Vergers De Romilly in Isigny-sur-Mer, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, get engrossed in the history at Musee Baron Gerard, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Bayeux road trip planner.

You can drive from Honfleur to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. May in Bayeux sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Perros-Guirec

— 1 night

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle St Guirec, get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then stroll through Sentier des douaniers, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at 'Eglise de Saint Jacques.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Perros-Guirec trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saumur.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Saumur

— 4 nights

Pearl of Anjou

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Visit Chateau de Montsoreau - Musee d'Art Contemporain and Collegiale de Candes-Saint-Martin for their historical value. Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier and Musee Lurcat will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Saumur: Galerie David d'Angers (in Angers), Chateau du Petit Thouars (in Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne) and Sainte-Chapelle de Champigny sur Veude (in Chinon). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musee de la Cavalerie, steep yourself in history at Le Mystere des Faluns - Les Perrieres, learn about winemaking at Caves Louis de Grenelle, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Saumur trip planner.

Getting from Perros-Guirec to Saumur by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Saumur are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 1 night
On the 12th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, see the interesting displays at Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe, tee off at Golf de la Forge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange, and finally contemplate the long history of Habitations Troglodytiques.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle travel route tool.

You can drive from Saumur to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Saumur in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 4 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.
O'Vineyards and Eglise Notre Dame des Anges are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours and Rennes le chateau. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret), Rennes-le-Chateau (Musee Berenger Sauniere, Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, &more) and Spas (in Perpignan). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Vincent.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne itinerary app.

You can drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Millau.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Millau

— 2 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 17th (Mon), paddle through the water with Canoescapade, then see Millau Natura Quad, and then contemplate the long history of Commanderie Templiere et Hospitaliere du Larzac - Ste-Eulalie de Cernon. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Millau, get outside with A2 Parapente, then identify plant and animal life at La Maison des Vautours, and finally see the interesting displays at La Ferme Caussenarde d'Autrefois.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Millau tour website.

Drive from Carcassonne to Millau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in May, Millau is a bit cooler at night with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Millau

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole and Eglise St-Trophime. Get some cultural insight at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) and Carrieres des Lumieres. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Chateau de Tarascon (in Tarascon), Les Baux de Provence (Eglise St-Vincent & Musee Yves Brayer) and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, browse the exhibits of Musee du Petit Palais, and explore the ancient world of Les Antiques.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon vacation planner.

You can drive from Millau to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Millau in May: high temperatures in Avignon hover around 27°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Marseille

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take a stroll through The Panier, then take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Marseille route planner.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May in Marseille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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.
Get in touch with nature at Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike and Promenade du Paillon. Vieille Ville and Haut de Cagnes will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage) and Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance (in Cannes). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastère de Cimiez, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade Le Corbusier.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Nice sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.