29 days in France Itinerary

29 days in France Itinerary

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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Etretat
— 1 night
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Giverny
— 1 night
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 15th (Sun), make a trip to Pointe du Grouin du Sud, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau le Rocher Portail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Birmingham, UK to Mont-Saint-Michel is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, awaken your taste buds at Cave Cidricole Lecornu, examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Etretat.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks
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Etretat — 1 night

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite) and then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Etretat sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Etretat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Etretat are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Giverny.
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Giverny — 1 night

Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
On the 21st (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, get outside with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, and then examine the collection at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Giverny journey maker site.

Drive from Etretat to Giverny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Paris.
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Paris — 6 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paris road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Giverny to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 3 nights

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.
When in Carcassonne, make a side trip to see Grotte de Niaux in Niaux, approximately Niaux away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and make a trip to La Porte D'aude.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Carcassonne road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Paris to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Marseille.
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Marseille — 4 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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat), Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, visit The Panier, and get a dose of the wild on Trolib.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Marseille vacation planner.

Fly from Carcassonne to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 4 nights

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: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, awaken your taste buds at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera, get outside with Eco Gliss, and identify plant and animal life at Le Cap Lardier.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael trip site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Nice — 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, see some colorful creatures with Be Free 2 Dive, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nice day trip planning website.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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