36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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36 days in France Itinerary

Start: Islamabad
Fly:  17 h
1
Marseille
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Avignon
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Carcassonne Center
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Cannes
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Paris
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Tour-en-Sologne
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h
End: Islamabad

4
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Appreciate the collections at Granet Museum and Paul Cezanne’s Studio. Get a sense of the local culture at Castle of If and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles. Go for a jaunt from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence to see Montagne Sainte Victoire about 54 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Mercantour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the water at your own pace with CIP Marseille and stop by Trois Fenetres.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille itinerary builder.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Marseille is an approximately 17-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Islamabad to Marseille due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Islamabad in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Montagne Sainte Victoire, Mercantour National Park
Highlights from your plan
Parc National des Calanques ©
Parc National des Calanques
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles
Paul Cezanne’s Studio ©
Paul Cezanne’s Studio

6
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Palais des Papes and Chateau de Lourmarin are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Le Sentier des Ocres and Les Gorges de Regalon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Vaison-la-Romaine (Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine & Mont Ventoux), Les Caves Saint Charles SAS (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape), Tapiezo (in Roussillon) and Arenes de Nimes (in Nimes). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at The Camargue. There's more to do: snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon and step off the mainland to explore Ile de la Barthelasse.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon itinerary maker.

Take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gordes, The Camargue, Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine, Les Gorges de Regalon, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
Highlights from your plan
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Chateau de Lourmarin ©
Chateau de Lourmarin
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

4
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne and Fromagerie la Ferme. Take a break from the city and head to Niaux Cave and Mayronnes Sculpture Trail. Step out of Carcassonne with an excursion to Chateau de Montsegur in Montsegur--about 1:20 hours away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Carcassonne Medieval City, step into the grandiose world of Château Comtal, steep yourself in history at La Bastide St Louis, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne vacation trip planner.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

O'Vineyards, Grotte de Niaux
Highlights from your plan
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

6
nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lérins Islands and Les Gorges du Verdon. Get a sense of the local culture at La Croisette and Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe). Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Port Grimaud Beach (in Port Grimaud), Plage de Pampelonne (in Saint-Tropez), Lac d'Allos (in Allos), Nice (Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, Castel Plage, & more), Lac de Sainte-Croix (in Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon) and Reserve des Monts d'Azur (in Thorenc). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes, look for gifts at Cave Riviera Cannes, and pick up some local products at Marché Forville.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Cannes tour planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Cannes by combination of train, shuttle, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in December, expect nights in Cannes to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Cannes

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nice, Plage de Pampelonne, Reserve Biologique des Monts d'Azur, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Les Gorges du Verdon
Highlights from your plan
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

6
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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 the city and head to River Seine and Île de la Cité. Kids will enjoy Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and The Catacombs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Disneyland Park (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris custom trip planner.

Getting from Cannes to Paris by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cannes in December, with highs in Paris at 8°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

5
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Visiting Omaha Beach and Ferme de Canon will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Juno Beach and Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Brittany American Cemetery (in Saint James), Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant (in Falaise), Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Deauville Beach (in Deauville).

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Tour-en-Sologne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Deauville Beach, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, Juno Beach
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

3
nights
Tour-en-Sologne

Tour-en-Sologne
Museum-lovers will appreciate Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau d'Amboise. Get some cultural insight at Château du Clos Lucé and Château de Villandry. Explore Tour-en-Sologne's surroundings by going to Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais) and Les Halles (in Tours).

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tour-en-Sologne trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Tour-en-Sologne takes 5 hours. Traveling from Bayeux in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Tour-en-Sologne, with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tour-en-Sologne

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Chambord, Blois, Cheverny, Amboise, Les Halles
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord

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