36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Albi
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Gordes
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
La Croix-Valmer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Cannes
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Perros-Guirec
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
9
Rouen
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
10
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Chicago

1
day
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 1st (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Albi travel planning website.

Chicago, USA to Albi is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Albi due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Albi

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec
Les Jardins de la Berbie ©
Les Jardins de la Berbie

4
nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc ©
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Museum-lovers will get to explore Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Cite du Chocolat Valrhona. Step off the beaten path and head to Gorges de l'Ardeche and Chateau de Grignan. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau d'Hugues (in Uchaux) and Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, Head underground at Aven Grotte Forestiere, and explore the striking landscape at Le Pont d'Arc.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Albi to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Gordes.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Orgnac-l'Aven, Chateau d'Hugues, Chateau de Grignan, Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran, Cite du Chocolat Valrhona
Highlights from your plan
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Caverne du Pont-d'Arc ©
Caverne du Pont-d'Arc
Le Pont d'Arc ©
Le Pont d'Arc

4
nights
Gordes

Gordes ©
Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Escape the urban bustle at Le Sentier des Ocres and Domaine des Sources. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt Ventoux and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. Venture out of the city with trips to Poterie Point Fusion (in Cabrieres d'Aigues), Colorado Provencal (in Rustrel) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). The adventure continues: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market, view the masterpieces at Anne Virlange Art Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Le Sentier Des Ocres De Roussillon, and trek along Parcours de L'Art.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gordes attractions site.

Drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Gordes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June in Gordes, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Gordes

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Poterie Point Fusion, La Cave de Bonnieux, Colorado Provencal, Domaine des Sources
Highlights from your plan
Le Sentier des Ocres ©
Le Sentier des Ocres
Mt Ventoux ©
Mt Ventoux
Colorado Provencal ©
Colorado Provencal

3
nights
La Croix-Valmer

La Croix-Valmer ©
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Step out of the city life by going to Heraclee Beach and Plage de Vergeron. You'll get in some beach time at Plage du Debarquement and Port Grimaud Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Croix-Valmer: Plage de Cavaliere (in Le Lavandou) and Plage de Cabasson (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). There's still lots to do: stroll through Plage de Gigaro, kick back and relax at Plage des Marines, and head outdoors with L'Observatoire Marin.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the La Croix-Valmer route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Gordes to La Croix-Valmer takes 2.5 hours. In June in La Croix-Valmer, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Plage de Cavaliere, Plage des Marines, Port Grimaud Beach, Plage de Cabasson
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage du Debarquement ©
Plage du Debarquement

4
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.
Head to La Croisette and La Verrerie de Biotfor some retail therapy. Step off the beaten path and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Suquet. Change things up with these side-trips from Cannes: Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze (in Eze), Nice (Vieille Ville & Musee Matisse) and Plage de Pampelonne (in Ramatuelle). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Guerrevieille, get a taste of the local shopping with Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie du Faune, and admire the masterpieces at Atelier Madoura.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cannes online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from La Croix-Valmer to Cannes in 1.5 hours. When traveling from La Croix-Valmer in June, plan for little chillier days in Cannes, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Biot, Nice, Atelier Madoura, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze
Highlights from your plan
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Bonifacio, Corsica

Bonifacio ©
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 17th (Wed): make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel, head off the coast to Iles Lavezzi, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Plage de San Giovanni, then get interesting insight from Tours, then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bonifacio road trip planning tool.

Getting from Cannes to Bonifacio by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Plage de San Giovanni
Highlights from your plan
Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Omaha Beach and Ouistreham Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Airborne Museum. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Le Havre de Portbail (in Port-Bail) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Deauville Beach, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, stroll through Juno Beach, and see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Bayeux takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bonifacio in June, with highs in Bayeux at 69°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Deauville City, Juno Beach, Juno Beach Centre, Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer
Highlights from your plan
La Maison du Biscuit ©
La Maison du Biscuit
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Deauville Beach ©
Deauville Beach

3
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentier des douaniers and Ile de Batz. Escape the urban bustle at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles and Cote de Granit Rose. Venture out of the city with trips to Abbaye de Beauport (in Paimpol), Foret de Huelgoat (in Huelgoat) and Jardin Exotique et Botanique de Roscoff (in Roscoff). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Perros-Guirec online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In June in Perros-Guirec, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Roscoff, Abbaye de Beauport, Foret de Huelgoat, Cote de Granit Rose
Highlights from your plan
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles ©
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles
Sentier des douaniers ©
Sentier des douaniers
Ile de Batz ©
Ile de Batz

4
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen. For shopping fun, head to Rue du Gros-Horloge or Compagnie des Calvados La Cave Honfleuraise. Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage), Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Les Jardins d'Etretat) and Palais Benedictine (in Fecamp). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Vieux Bassin, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rouen online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Perros-Guirec to Rouen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rouen are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Honfleur, Etretat, Le Touquet Beach, Palais Benedictine
Highlights from your plan
Le Touquet Beach ©
Le Touquet Beach
Vieux Bassin ©
Vieux Bassin
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Fontainebleau and Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Palais du Tau (in Reims) and Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars (in Epernay). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, stop by Île de la Cité, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online tour planner.

Take a bus from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Reims, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau

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