35 days in France Itinerary

35 days in France Itinerary

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35 days in France Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Paris
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Rouen
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bayeux
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h
4
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Avignon
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
6
Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Nice
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Bangkok

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary builder tool .

Bangkok, Thailand to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Bangkok in December, things will get cooler in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

4
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre (in Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux), Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat) and Plage Du Tilleul (in Le Tilleul). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, look for gifts at Blandin Cadeaux, learn about winemaking at Calvados Boulard, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen vacation app .

You can take a bus from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Rouen, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Etretat, Monument Jeanne d'Arc, Fondation Claude Monet, Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre, Calvados Boulard
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Plage de Vauville (in Vauville), Pointe du Grouin du Sud (in Vains) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, get your game on at Energie Paintball, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and relax in the rural setting at Ferme de Vailly.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux road trip app .

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bayeux are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pointe du Grouin du Sud, Mont Saint-Michel, Plage de Vauville, Parc des Forges de Varenne, Normandy American Cemetery
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

3
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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, museums, nature, wineries, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, and don't miss a visit to Notre Dame du Cros.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne online vacation planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Carcassonne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. December in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mount Perdu
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Mount Perdu ©
Mount Perdu

4
nights
Avignon

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Les Falaises d'Escalade (in Buoux) and Cheval Enjeu (in Vaugines). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, see the interesting displays at Atelier et Musee du Santon, don't miss a visit to Visites, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Avignon online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire, Carrieres des Lumieres, Cheval Enjeu, Conservatoire du Costume Comtadin
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

4
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Ciotat (Musee des Chantiers Naval & Route des Cretes), Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, & more) and Virtual Room Toulon (in La Valette-du-Var). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution, get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, and don't miss a visit to Cimetiere militaire franco-italien.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Marseille travel route builder .

You can take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Avignon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Six-Fours-les-Plages, La Ciotat, Virtual Room Toulon, Eglise Anglicane
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Virtual Room Toulon ©
Virtual Room Toulon
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: La Certosa di La Verne (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans) and Sainte-Maxime (Domaine des Beaucas & Kelys).

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sainte-Maxime, Frejus, Chateau Des Garcinieres, Domaine Val d'Iris, La Certosa di La Verne
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Domaine Val d'Iris ©
Domaine Val d'Iris
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Mont Vinaigre ©
Mont Vinaigre

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Lérins Islands & Casino Barriere Le Croisette), Chapelle des Penitents Blancs (in Peillon) and Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip planner .

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cannes, Antibes, Pierini Verre contemporain, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Chapelle des Penitents Blancs
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SENSAS Nice ©
SENSAS Nice
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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