34 days in France Itinerary

34 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris-Orly Airport, Drive to Honfleur
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Honfleur
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saumur
— 3 nights
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Train to Antony, Tram to Paris Orly, Fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lourdes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 7 nights
Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Knoxville

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Honfleur

— 5 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palais Benedictine and Plage de Trouville. Do some cultural sightseeing at Notre Dame de Grace and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens. Get out of town with these interesting Honfleur side-trips: Etretat (Les Jardins d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers), Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre) and Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Deauville Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin.

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Knoxville, USA to Honfleur is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Knoxville to Honfleur is 6 hours. In May, Honfleur is a bit cooler than Knoxville - with highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 21:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pointe du Hoc and Airborne Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Omaha Beach and Remains Mulberry Harbour. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux tour planner.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Bayeux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saumur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

Saumur

— 3 nights

Pearl of Anjou

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Langeais and Musee des Blindes. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Breze and Château de l'Islette. Change things up with these side-trips from Saumur: Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau).

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Saumur trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Saumur in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. May in Saumur sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 28:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 3 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Beynac and Chateau des Milandes. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Castelnaud and Chateau de Bonaguil. Step out of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to go to Salviac and see Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, which is approximately 34 minutes away.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle online trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, tram, and flight from Saumur to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saumur in May: highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lourdes.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

Lourdes

— 3 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Discover out-of-the-way places like Château de Pau and Grotte de Massabielle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau Fort of Lourdes and Boulevard des Pyrenees. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Basilique Saint-Pie X, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, and examine the collection at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lourdes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Lourdes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise des Carmes.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lourdes to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:

Arles

— 5 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée. Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Arles' surroundings by going to Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes) and Site Archeologique de Glanum (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime, take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and take in nature's colorful creations at La Bambouseraie en Cevennes.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Arles trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Arles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 10:

Cannes

— 7 nights

Festival City

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La cité médiévale. Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Vieil Aix. Explore Cannes' surroundings by going to Abbaye du Thoronet (in Le Thoronet), Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze (in Eze) and Villa Kerylos (in Beaulieu-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Le Suquet, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, stop by The Panier, and make a trip to Cours Mirabeau.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Arles to Cannes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Cannes are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. On the 17th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 17:

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.