33 days in France Itinerary

33 days in France Itinerary

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Biarritz
— 4 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 6 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Angers
— 5 nights
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Biarritz — 4 nights

A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
We've included these beaches for you: La Cote des Basques and Plage d'Hendaye. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grotte de Massabielle and Chateau Fort of Lourdes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biarritz: Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette (in Lourdes), Eglise Notre-Dame de Bellocq (in Bellocq) and Pau (Château de Pau & Boulevard des Pyrenees). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Biarritz, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Chateau Observatoire Abbadia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Biarritz trip itinerary builder site.

Montreal, Canada to Biarritz is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In April, Biarritz is a bit warmer than Montreal - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Catholique Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil.

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Traveling by car from Biarritz to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. May in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to fly to Bonifacio.
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Bonifacio, Corsica — 2 nights

At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, step off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi, then kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte Croix, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bonifacio trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Bonifacio in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. In May, daytime highs in Bonifacio are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Calvi.
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Calvi, Corsica — 3 nights

Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Explore hidden gems such as Citadelle de Calvi and Village abandonné d'Occi. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Plage de Lozari. Explore Calvi's surroundings by going to Ile Rousse (Phare de la Pietra & Couvent Saint-Dominique), Eglise Saint-Thomas (in Belgodere) and FRAGNU (in Montegrosso). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, don't miss a visit to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral St. Jean Baptiste.

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

You can drive from Bonifacio to Calvi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.
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Marseille — 6 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Roman Theatre of Orange. Cathédrale La Major and Eglise St-Trophime are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Arles (St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), Amphitheatre (les Arenes), &more), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Site Archeologique de Glanum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, go deep underground at Mines de Bruoux, and hike along Le Sentier des Ocres.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille holiday planning site.

Traveling by flight from Calvi to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 3 nights

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Get outdoors at Gorges de l'Ardeche and Le Pont d'Arc. Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Chateau de Grignan. Change things up with these side-trips from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar), Grotte de la Salamandre (in Mejannes-le-Clap) and Cascades du Sautadet (in La Roque-sur-Ceze). The adventure continues: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Marseille to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lyon.
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Lyon — 5 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Get outdoors at Safari de Peaugres and Les Gorges du Fier. Théâtre gallo-romain and Colline de Fourviere will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Le Chateau de Gourdan (in Saint-Clair), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Chateau de Cormatin (in Cormatin). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile, browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lyon, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then witness the site of a historic battle at Maisy Battery, then get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, and finally take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Omaha Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bayeux day trip planner.

Fly from Lyon to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lyon in May: highs in Bayeux hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Angers.
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Angers — 5 nights

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau d'Angers and Chateau de Breze. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and Chateau de Langeais. Get out of town with these interesting Angers side-trips: La Forteresse de Montbazon (in Montbazon), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Azay-le-Rideau (Château de l'Islette & Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musee des Blindes, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, admire the masterpieces at Chateau de Brissac, and admire the striking features of Place Plumereau.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Angers travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Angers takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Angers are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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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