29 days in France Itinerary

29 days in France Itinerary

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Ferry to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Fly to Bordeaux
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nimes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 1 night
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer), Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich) and Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, and head outdoors with Libr'et'sens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Bordeaux is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

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.
Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Domaine Preignes Le Vieux (in Vias), Parc de la Prehistoire (in Tarascon-sur-Ariege) and Terre Liquide (in Mons). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, and experience rural life at La Ferme aux Anes.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online vacation planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Nimes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:

Nimes

— 2 nights

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pont du Gard, explore the engaging exhibits at Musee 1900, and then explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Nimes vacation planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Nimes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Nimes, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Nimes

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Explore Arles' surroundings by going to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Promenade a Cheval La Marisma), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Domaine de Sylvereal (in Vauvert). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, stroll through Plage du Cavaou, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, and take in the waterfront activity at Miroir aux Oiseaux.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Arles trip builder tool.

You can drive from Nimes to Arles in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Arles

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Pointe des Sardinaux (in Sainte-Maxime). There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Sylvabelle, explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), and don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael travel planner.

You can drive from Arles to Saint-Raphael in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 3:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more). Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and get a taste of the local shopping with Avenue Jean Medecin.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice online vacation planner.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 8:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud and then take in nature's colorful creations at Bambousaie de La Roque-Gageac.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle journey planner.

You can fly from Nice to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Nice in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 11th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then steep yourself in history at Mont Saint-Michel.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel road trip planning app.

Fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in September, expect nights in Mont-Saint-Michel to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:
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Colleville-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. On the 12th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Colleville-sur-Mer trip builder.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Colleville-sur-Mer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Colleville-sur-Mer, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps and more tourist information, read our Paris online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Colleville-sur-Mer to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.