27 days in France Itinerary

27 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
Drive
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La Palud sur Verdon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Montpellier
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
7
La Roque-Gageac
— 1 night
Taxi
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Beynac-et-Cazenac
— 1 night
Drive
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Biarritz
— 4 nights
Taxi
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Bayonne
Drive
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Taxi to Dol De Bretagne, Train to Paris
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Nice

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.
On the 26th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Nice online trip itinerary planner.

Saint John, Canada to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Saint John in August, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to La Palud sur Verdon.
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Highlights from your trip

La Palud sur Verdon

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get outside with Verdon Escalade and then get outside with Route des Cretes La Palud. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Palud sur Verdon trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to La Palud sur Verdon in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in La Palud sur Verdon, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in La Palud sur Verdon

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

Marseille

— 3 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, wander the streets of The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

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You can drive from La Palud sur Verdon to Marseille in 2.5 hours. In August in Marseille, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Montpellier

— 3 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard), Nimes (Jardins de la Fontaine & La Maison Carree) and Seaquarium (in Le Grau-du-Roi). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre, admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Zoologique Henri de Lunaret.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Montpellier route maker app.

Getting from Marseille to Montpellier by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Montpellier are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 3:

Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert

— 1 night
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a commune in the Hérault department in the Occitanie region in southern France.Situated in the narrow valley of the Gellone river where it meets the steep sided gorge of the Hérault River, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is essentially a medieval village located on the Chemin de St-Jacques pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella.HistoryThe village has maintained its historic state. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye de Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac du Salagou, snap pictures at Pont du Diable, then take in the dramatic natural features at Grotte de Clamouse, then stop by L'Occitan, and finally examine the collection at Musee du Village d'Antan.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert travel route builder.

You can drive from Montpellier to Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert in an hour. In September in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Carcassonne

— 2 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.
On the 5th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, explore the activities along Canal du Midi, then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert to Carcassonne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to La Roque-Gageac.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

La Roque-Gageac

— 1 night
La Roque-Gageac is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, southwestern France.Perched above the Dordogne River, the village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, and then stroll around Bambousaie de La Roque-Gageac.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Roque-Gageac trip site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to La Roque-Gageac takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Carcassonne in September, plan for slightly colder nights in La Roque-Gageac, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Beynac-et-Cazenac.

Things to do in La Roque-Gageac

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

Beynac-et-Cazenac

— 1 night
Beynac-et-Cazenac is a village located in the Dordogne department in southwestern France.The medieval Château de Beynac is located in the commune.The village is classified as one of Les plus beaux villages de France (most beautiful villages of France).GeographyThe commune lies on the banks of the Dordogne River 10km southwest of Sarlat-la-Canéda.HistoryHistorically the first mention of Beynac dates to 1115 when Maynard de Beynac made a gift to the sisters at Fontevrault Abbey. On the 7th (Tue), get a sense of history and politics at Mairie de Beynac-et-Cazenac, then don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Beynac-et-Cazenac day trip website.

Beynac-et-Cazenac is just a short distance from La Roque-Gageac. In September in Beynac-et-Cazenac, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Biarritz.

Things to do in Beynac-et-Cazenac

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

Biarritz

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biarritz: Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia). There's much more to do: hike along Sentier du Littoral, make a trip to Port des Pecheurs, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Biarritz.

Plan trip to Biarritz with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Beynac-et-Cazenac to Biarritz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Beynac-et-Cazenac in September, Biarritz is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bayonne.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:

Bayonne

Bayonne is a city and commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayonne trip planner.

Bayonne is very close to Biarritz. In September, daytime highs in Bayonne are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 12th (Sun), you're off to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bayonne

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
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La Rochelle

— 2 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle and then don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Clocher Observatoire, then examine the collection at Association Hermione-La Fayette, then make a trip to Porte de la Grosse-Horloge, and finally explore the activities along Vieux Port.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Rochelle day trip planning app.

Getting from Bayonne to La Rochelle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in La Rochelle can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Mont-Saint-Michel in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will leave for Paris on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

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.

Bouches-du-Rhone travel guide

4.4
Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Piers & Boardwalks
Named after the mouth of the Rhône River where it meets the Mediterranean Sea, Bouches-du-Rhône is a department created during the French Revolution from the western part of the former province of Provence, with its history closely linked to Provence. The department is well-represented in French art as Paul Cézanne painted numerous representations of Mont Sainte-Victoire and Vincent van Gogh spent much of his life here, painting many scenes of the area. The largest city in the department, Marseille, contains a major industrial harbor, which today serves as France's largest commercial port. You can both enjoy a seaside vacation or charter a vessel to take you out onto the Mediterranean. Marseille has been an important harbor since before Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul, and this Roman presence has left numerous historical attractions across the cities and rural communities of the department.