28 days in France Itinerary

28 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 2 nights
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 1 day
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Blois
— 2 nights
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Colmar
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 1 night
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Paris
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Paris — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): stop by Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River. On your second day here, wander the streets of Le Marais, then explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

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Los Angeles, USA to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Paris, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, Paris is little chillier at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Honfleur.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
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Honfleur — 3 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
On the 4th (Thu), stroll around Jardins d'Etretat, then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, and then snap pictures at Pont de Normandie. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Memorial Samuel de Champlain, then don't miss a visit to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and then don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Honfleur trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Paris to Honfleur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in July, expect Honfleur to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Bayeux — 1 day

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 6th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use 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 July, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel and then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Blois.
Historic Sites
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Blois — 2 nights

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to Chateau de Chambord, then contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal de Blois, and then stop by La Maison des Parapluies. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau and then make a trip to Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Blois tour builder website.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Blois by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colmar.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Colmar — 2 nights

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 10th (Wed): stop by Little Venice, make a trip to Old Town, and then get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer and then make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colmar trip planner.

Drive from Blois to Colmar in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Colmar are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can fly to Lyon.
Museums · Neighborhoods
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Lyon — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip planner.

You can fly from Colmar to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lyon when traveling from Colmar in July, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks
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Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

Nice — 3 nights

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.
Nice is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice travel app.

Fly from Lyon to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 25°C. On the 16th (Tue), you're off to Saint-Raphael.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:

Saint-Raphael — 2 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): race across the water with TakSea and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Base Nature Francois Leotard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel and then get outside with Forcerie Vial.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael travel route planner.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saint-Raphael when traveling from Nice in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marseille.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips
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Marseille — 3 nights

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 19th (Fri), take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Marseille online tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Avignon.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Avignon — 1 night

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.
On the 21st (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, trek along Le Sentier des Ocres, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee du Petit Palais.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Avignon tour itinerary planning app.

Drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Bordeaux.
Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Museums
Side Trips
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Bordeaux — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin, make a trip to The Water Mirror, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and finally take a stroll through Promenade Sainte Catherine. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Chateau Paloumey, then do a tasting at Chateau de Reignac, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Avignon to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Avignon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bordeaux, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Paris.
Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Paris — 4 nights

Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). Explore Paris further: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You will leave for home on the 28th (Sun).
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:

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.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.