34 days in France Itinerary

34 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris-Orly Airport, Drive to Honfleur
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Honfleur
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saumur
— 3 nights
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Train to Antony, Tram to Paris Orly, Fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lourdes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 7 nights
Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Knoxville

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Honfleur — 5 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palais Benedictine and Deauville Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Notre Dame de Grace and Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honfleur: Jardins d'Etretat (in Etretat), Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre) and Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Trouville, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, make a trip to Vieux Bassin, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Honfleur route builder.

Knoxville, USA to Honfleur is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Knoxville to Honfleur due to the time zone difference. In May, Honfleur is a bit cooler than Knoxville - with highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Find places to stay May 8 — 14:

Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pointe du Hoc and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Popular historic sites such as Omaha Beach and Bayeux War Cemetery are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bayeux online day trip planner.

You can drive from Honfleur to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saumur.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches
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Find places to stay May 14 — 18:

Saumur — 3 nights

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Langeais and Chateau de Breze. Château de l'Islette and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Saumur with an excursion to Chateau de Villandry in Villandry--about 40 minutes away. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee des Blindes.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saumur trip builder site.

Drive from Bayeux to Saumur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 3 nights

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Beynac and Chateau de Bonaguil. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Castelnaud and Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Saumur to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by combination of train, tram, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saumur in May: highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.
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Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Lourdes — 3 nights

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Get some historical perspective at Château de Pau and Boulevard des Pyrenees. Grotte de Massabielle and Basilique Saint-Pie X are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Fort of Lourdes, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, and see the interesting displays at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Lourdes trip website.

Getting from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Lourdes by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. May in Lourdes sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Carcassonne — 2 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.
On the 28th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise des Carmes.

Make your Carcassonne itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Arles.
Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:

Arles — 5 nights

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Popular historic sites such as Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Eglise St-Trophime. Venture out of the city with trips to Site Archeologique de Glanum (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and take in nature's colorful creations at La Bambouseraie en Cevennes.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Arles travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Arles, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Cannes.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 3:

Cannes — 7 nights

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Visit La cité médiévale and Vieil Aix for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cannes: Abbaye du Thoronet (in Le Thoronet), Villa Kerylos (in Beaulieu-sur-Mer) and Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze (in Eze). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Île Sainte-Marguerite, get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and visit Cours Mirabeau.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cannes trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Arles to Cannes by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. You will leave for home on the 10th (Fri).
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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Find places to stay Jun 3 — 10:

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.