28 days in France Itinerary

28 days in France Itinerary

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28 days in France Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  12 h
1
Paris
— 4 nights
Train + Bus:  5 h 15 min
2
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Caen
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h
4
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Cassis
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
La Croix-Valmer
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
7
Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  13 h 45 min
End: Philadelphia

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Montmartre and Palace of Versailles. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Arc de Triomphe. Change things up with a short trip to Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups in Chatenay-Malabry (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip builder website .

Philadelphia, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Paris due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in May, with highs in Paris at 64°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

2
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mont Saint-Michel and Chapelle Saint-Aubert. Take a break from the city and head to Pointe D'Agon and Mont Saint-Michel Bay. Take a break from Mont-Saint-Michel with a short trip to Chateau de Fougeres in Fougeres, about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre, don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, examine the collection at Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel, and contemplate the long history of Maison de l'Artichaut.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip website .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Caen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pointe D'Agon, Chateau de Fougeres
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Pointe D'Agon ©
Pointe D'Agon

5
nights
Caen

Caen ©
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Get in touch with nature at Falaises d'Etretat and La Roche d'Oetre. Get some cultural insight at American Cemetery & Memorial and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Go for a jaunt from Caen to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to see Omaha Beach about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jean, explore the ancient world of Chateau Ducal, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Dames.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Caen day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Caen takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Normandy American Cemetery, Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, Omaha Beach, Falaises d'Etretat, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

2
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cité de Carcassonne and Cathar Castles. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at O'Vineyards and Domaine Rose et Paul. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean) and La Franqui Beach (in La Franqui). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, admire the local landmark of Fountain of Neptune, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Caen to Carcassonne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Caen in June; daily highs in Carcassonne reach 79°F and lows reach 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cassis.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

La Franqui Beach, Reserve Africaine de Sigean, La cité médiévale
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

3
nights
Cassis

Cassis ©
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame du Mai, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel Church, then take a memorable drive along Calanque de Port-Miou, then get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Phare Cassidaigne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Bestouan Beach, and then do a tasting at Clos Sainte Magdeleine.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read Cassis itinerary planner .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Cassis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Cassis sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Notre Dame du Mai
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Calanque de Port-Miou ©
Calanque de Port-Miou
Bestouan Beach ©
Bestouan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chartreuse de la Verne and Chateau Saint-Maur Cru Classe. Step out of the city life by going to Plage de Sylvabelle and Heraclee Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Croix-Valmer: Abbey of Thoronet (in Le Thoronet) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de l'Estagnol, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro, stroll around Domaine du Rayol, don't miss a visit to Port de Cavalaire, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Cavaliere.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Croix-Valmer travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cassis to La Croix-Valmer takes 2 hours. June in La Croix-Valmer sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Port de Cavalaire, Chateau Saint-Maur Cru Classe, Chartreuse de la Verne, Domaine du Rayol
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere

2
nights
Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stroll through Plage de Pampelonne, take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, and finally go for a stroll along the water at St. Tropez Harbor. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, explore the world behind art at Le musée de l’Annonciade, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Base Nature Francois Leotard.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Tropez visit planner .

Saint-Tropez is just a short distance from La Croix-Valmer. June in Saint-Tropez sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Base Nature Francois Leotard
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Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez ©
Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez

4
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Your inner history buff will appreciate La Croisette and La Collegiale Saint Paul. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Saint-Tropez in June, plan for little chillier days in Nice, with highs around 76°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cannes, St-Paul-de-Vence, Scuba & Snorkeling, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

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