34 days in France Itinerary

34 days in France Itinerary

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34 days in France Itinerary

Start: London
Drive + Train:  1 h 45 min
1
Calais
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
2
Lille
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Amneville
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Strasbourg
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
5
Colmar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Chamonix
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
7
Annecy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Lyon
— 2 nights
+3
Tram + Fly + Foot + Train:  4 h
9
Menton
— 3 nights
Train:  15 min
10
Eze
— 3 nights
Drive:  15 min
11
Beaulieu-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
12
St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
13
Porto-Vecchio
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
14
Villefranche-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
15
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
16
Vence
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: London

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Calais

Calais ©
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
On the 1st (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Calais Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, and then take a stroll through Place d'Armes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Calais Town Hall, look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore, contemplate the long history of Tour du Guet, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Calais online trip itinerary maker .

London, UK to Calais is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Calais is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Calais are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Lille.

Things to do in Calais

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Les Baraques Military Cemetery
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Calais Wine Superstore ©
Calais Wine Superstore
Calais Beach ©
Calais Beach
Les Baraques Military Cemetery ©
Les Baraques Military Cemetery

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Lille

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
On the 3rd (Sun), take in the history at Fromelles and Flanders Battlefield Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Place du Theatre, admire the landmark architecture of Chambre de Commerce, then get to know the fascinating history of Place aux Oignons, then get a taste of the local shopping with Vieux-Lille, and finally soak in style at Turkish baths. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Koezio, then look for all kinds of wild species at Parc du Heron, and then see the interesting displays at Le Musee de Plein Air.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lille trip planner .

You can take a train from Calais to Lille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lille can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amneville.

Things to do in Lille

Baths Theme Parks Parks
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Vieux-Lille ©
Vieux-Lille
Turkish Baths
Place aux Oignons ©
Place aux Oignons

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night
Amneville

Amneville ©
Amnéville is a commune in the Moselle department in Grand Est in northeastern France. On the 5th (Tue), head outdoors with Labyrinthe Vegetal de Vigy, then get engrossed in the history at Ecomusee des Mines de Fer de Lorraine, and then appreciate the history behind Statue de la Vierge.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Amneville itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Lille to Amneville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Amneville

Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Statue de la Vierge, Labyrinthe Vegetal de Vigy, Ecomusee des Mines de Fer de Lorraine
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Ecomusee des Mines de Fer de Lorraine ©

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Strasbourg

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Paul, make a trip to La Neustadt, then make a trip to Centre Culturel de la Ville D'illkirch-Graffenstaden, then identify plant and animal life at Buvette aux Sept Ecluses, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Notre-Dame du Chene.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Strasbourg road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amneville to Strasbourg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Chapelle Notre-Dame du Chene ©
Chapelle Notre-Dame du Chene
Buvette aux Sept Ecluses ©
Buvette aux Sept Ecluses
Eglise Saint-Paul ©
Eglise Saint-Paul

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Colmar

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Route des Vins d'Alsace, then see the interesting displays at Parc Attractions Haut Rhin, and then take a stroll through Little Venice. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, admire the landmark architecture of Koifhus (Old Custom House), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Martin, then make a trip to Salle du Corps de Garde, and finally admire the striking features of Maison Schongauer.

Before you visit Colmar, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Colmar is very close to Strasbourg. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Colmar

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Musée d'Unterlinden ©
Musée d'Unterlinden
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Route des Vins d'Alsace ©
Route des Vins d'Alsace

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night
Chamonix

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguille du Midi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Michel, then stroll the grounds of Chamonix Cemetery, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along La Jonction and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chamonix holiday maker website .

You can drive from Colmar to Chamonix in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Annecy.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Vallee Blanche ©
Vallee Blanche
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi

1
night
Annecy

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Des Marquisats, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ile des Cygnes.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Annecy trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a bus from Chamonix to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Annecy, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Plage Des Marquisats ©
Plage Des Marquisats
Ile des Cygnes ©
Ile des Cygnes

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nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, admire the local landmark of Place des Jacobins, then wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or, make a trip to Musee de Fourviere, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lyon trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Annecy to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Menton.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste
The Presqu'ile ©
The Presqu'ile
Place des Jacobins
Place des Jacobins

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nights
Menton

Menton ©
Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Relax by the water at Palmes Beach and Promenade du Soleil. Get some cultural insight at Cemetery of the Old Chateau and Promenade Le Corbusier. Get out of town with these interesting Menton side-trips: Monastere de Saorge (in Saorge), Vieux Tende (in Tende) and Parc Alpha (in Saint Martin-Vesubie). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Basilica St. Michel, admire the masterpieces at Musee Jean Cocteau Collection Severin Wunderman, take some stellar pictures from Chateau et jardin medieval, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sospel Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Menton trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Menton in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Menton when traveling from Lyon in May, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Eze.

Things to do in Menton

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Parc Alpha, Vieux Tende, Promenade Le Corbusier, Sospel Cathedral, Monastere de Saorge
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Promenade Le Corbusier ©
Promenade Le Corbusier
Cemetery of the Old Chateau ©
Cemetery of the Old Chateau
Palmes Beach ©
Palmes Beach

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nights
Eze

Eze ©
Hillside villages along the Mediterranean coast don't come more picturesque than Eze, attracting vacationers with its perfectly preserved medieval streets, colorful botanical gardens, and sweeping sea views.
Visit The Church of Èze and Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche and Le Jardin exotique d'Eze. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, take a memorable drive along Tete de Chien, enjoy the sand and surf at Eze Sur Mer Strand, and work off some steam at Health/Fitness Clubs & Gyms.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Eze trip itinerary builder website .

Eze is very close to Menton. In May in Eze, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Eze

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Turbie, Cap d'Ail, Moyenne Corniche, Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille, Chapelle des Penitents Blancs
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Eden Plage Mala ©
Eden Plage Mala
The Church of Èze ©
The Church of Èze
Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille ©
Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille

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Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Beaulieu-sur-Mer ©
Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Belluogo, Bèuluec de Mar) is a seaside village on the French Riviera between Nice and Monaco. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): try to win big at Casino de Beaulieu, steep yourself in history at Villa Kerylos, and then make a trip to Promenade Maurice Rouvier.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Beaulieu-sur-Mer online day trip planner .

Beaulieu-sur-Mer is just a stone's throw from Eze. In May, daily temperatures in Beaulieu-sur-Mer can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Things to do in Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Casinos Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Villa Kerylos ©
Villa Kerylos
Casino de Beaulieu ©
Casino de Beaulieu

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nights
St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Italian: San Giovanni Capo Ferrato) is a commune of the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.It is located on a peninsula next to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and to Villefranche-sur-Mer and extends out to Cap Ferrat. On the 21st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Villa Santo Sospir, then stroll through Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Passable. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint Hospice, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paloma Beach, and then browse the exhibits of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat online itinerary planner .

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is just a stone's throw from Beaulieu-sur-Mer. In May, daily temperatures in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike
Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Paloma Beach ©
Paloma Beach

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Porto-Vecchio

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. On the 23rd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Iles Cerbicales and then delve into the distant past at Site prehistorique de Castellu d'Araggio.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto-Vecchio online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to Porto-Vecchio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May in Porto-Vecchio, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Site prehistorique de Castellu d'Araggio, Reserve Naturelle des Iles Cerbicales
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Reserve Naturelle des Iles Cerbicales ©

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Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the French Riviera.GeographyVillefranche-sur-Mer adjoins the city of Nice to the east along Mont Boron, Mont Alban and Mont Vinaigrier, and 10km south west of Monaco. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs, and then kick back and relax at Plage de la Mariniere. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Les Musees de La Citadelle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Harbor (La Darse), gain insight at Institut de Francais, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Rue Obscure.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Villefranche-sur-Mer travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Porto-Vecchio to Villefranche-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Porto-Vecchio in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Villefranche-sur-Mer: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs ©
Plage de la Mariniere ©
Plage de la Mariniere

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Monastère de Cimiez and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get outdoors at Castel Plage and Juan les Pins Main Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, and make a trip to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice holiday planner.

Nice is very close to Villefranche-sur-Mer. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Cannes, VinAzur - Vins de provence, Juan les Pins Main Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

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Vence

Vence ©
Vence is a commune set in the hills of the Alpes Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France between Nice and Antibes.Ecclesiastical historyThe first known Bishop of Vence is Severus, bishop in 439 and perhaps as early as 419.Among others are: St. Visit Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon and Ville medieval for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Massif du Tanneron and Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vence: Spas (in Opio) and La Citadelle d'Entrevaux (in Entrevaux). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul, learn about winemaking at Domaine Saint-Joseph, and pause for some serene contemplation at La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Vence trip planner.

Drive from Nice to Vence in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vence

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, Massif du Tanneron, Spas, La Citadelle d'Entrevaux
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Ville medieval ©
Ville medieval
La Citadelle d'Entrevaux ©
La Citadelle d'Entrevaux
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

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