36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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Start: San Jose
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Paris
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Etretat
— 2 nights
drive:  4 h
3
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Bordeaux
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Toulouse
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Gavarnie
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Nice
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
10
Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  33 h
End: San Jose

6
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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Montmartre, and browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris holiday tool.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from San Jose to Paris, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Paris is a bit cooler than San Jose - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Etretat is known for parks, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Falaises d'Etretat, stroll around Les Jardins d'Etretat, and don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Etretat trip tool.

You can drive from Paris to Etretat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll set off for Mont-Saint-Michel on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Nature
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers
Les Jardins d'Etretat ©
Les Jardins d'Etretat

2
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 10th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Etretat to Mont-Saint-Michel by combination of bus and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel Bay ©
Mont Saint-Michel Bay

3
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion) and Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse and admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bordeaux by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in May, you will find days in Bordeaux are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau Cantenac, Chateau Paloumey
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Chateau Paloumey ©
Chateau Paloumey

5
nights
Toulouse

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac), Carcassonne Center (Cité de Carcassonne, Eglise Saint-Nazaire, &more) and O'Vineyards (in Villemoustaussou). It doesn't end there: Head underground at Grotte des Carbonnieres.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Toulouse sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gavarnie.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Carcassonne, Gouffre de Padirac, Grotte des Carbonnieres
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Gouffre de Padirac ©
Gouffre de Padirac

2
nights
Gavarnie

Gavarnie
Gavarnie is a former commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in south-western France. On the 20th (Thu), get outside with Cirque de Troumouse, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Port, thenexplore the striking landscape at Cirque de Gavarnie, and finally don't miss a visit to Moulins de Gedre-Dessus. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at La Breche De Roland and then get outside with Cirque d'Estaube.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Gavarnie vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Toulouse to Gavarnie in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Gavarnie

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Gedre
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Cirque de Gavarnie
Cirque de Gavarnie
La Breche De Roland ©
La Breche De Roland
Cirque de Troumouse ©
Cirque de Troumouse

5
nights
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Antibes (Chapelle Saint-Bernardin & Musee Picasso) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Marineland, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Gavarnie to Nice takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Antibes, Cannes, Eglise St Pierre & Paul
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Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

4
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Saint-Tropez (La Ponche Beach & St. Tropez Harbor), La Guilde des Vignerons du Thoronet (in Le Thoronet) and Aiguines (Chapelle Saint Pierre & Lac De Sainte Croix). The adventure continues: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, walk around Jardin Bonaparte, and stop by Catalan Bougie.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael day trip app.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez, Grimaud, Aiguines, Notre Dame d‘Afrique, La Guilde des Vignerons du Thoronet
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St. Tropez Harbor ©
St. Tropez Harbor
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Notre Dame d‘Afrique ©
Notre Dame d‘Afrique

2
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.
On the 31st (Mon), take a stroll through The Panier, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Marseille online route planner.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Parc National des Calanques ©
Parc National des Calanques
The Panier ©
The Panier

3
nights
Avignon

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: Roussillon (Il Etait Une Flamme, Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, &more), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Van Gogh Walk (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, visit Place Des Carmes, admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Avignon tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Avignon, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gordes, Les Baux de Provence, Van Gogh Walk
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Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo ©
Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

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