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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palais Benedictine and Notre Dame de Grace. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eglise St-Joseph and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honfleur: Les Jardins d'Etretat (in Etretat), Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa (in Le Havre) and Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Deauville Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Honfleur route builder.

Knoxville, USA to Honfleur is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Knoxville to Honfleur due to the time zone difference. 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 14th (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 8 — 14:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pointe du Hoc and Musee du debarquement. Popular historic sites such as Omaha Beach and Bayeux War Cemetery are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux itinerary planning website.

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. May in Bayeux sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saumur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 18:

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 Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. Chateau de Breze and Château de l'Islette will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Saumur with an excursion to Chateau de Villandry in Villandry--about 40 minutes away. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee des Blindes.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saumur trip builder site.

Drive from Bayeux to Saumur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 3 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Beynac and Chateau de Bonaguil. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Castelnaud and Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Saumur to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by combination of train, tram, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saumur in May: highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Lourdes

— 3 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Get some historical perspective at Château de Pau and Grotte de Massabielle. Chateau Fort of Lourdes and Basilique Saint-Pie X are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Lourdes to Pau to see Boulevard des Pyrenees about 48 minutes away. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette and get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lourdes tour 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. May in Lourdes sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (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 24 — 27:

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 28th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise des Carmes.

Make your Carcassonne itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 27 — 29:

Arles

— 5 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Popular historic sites such as Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Eglise St-Trophime. Venture out of the city with trips 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). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), 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 find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Arles travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Arles, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 3:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La cité médiévale. Visit Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Vieil Aix for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cannes: Abbaye du Thoronet (in Le Thoronet), Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze (in Eze) and Villa Kerylos (in Beaulieu-sur-Mer). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet, take a stroll through The Panier, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Cannes route planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Cannes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Cannes sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 61°F at night. You will leave for home on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 10:

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.