34 days in France Itinerary

34 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner
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Fly
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Paris
— 6 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Fly to Toulouse, Drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 7 nights
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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.
Bring the kids along to Arc de Triomphe and Musee d'Orsay. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and stop by Montmartre.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris online vacation maker.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 15:

Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Attractions like Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Omaha Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux trip builder website.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, and then stop by Coutellerie l'Ame de Thiers. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Grolejac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle vacation maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bayeux to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Bayeux in September, you will find days in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Carcassonne.
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Carcassonne — 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Cité de Carcassonne and Canal du Midi. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Perpignan (Cathedrale St-Jean & Room Escape Games) and Eglise Notre-Dame de la Nativite (in Baixas). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, and ponder the design of Place Carnot.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne online attractions planner.

Getting from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Carcassonne. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Avignon.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:

Avignon — 4 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Palais des Papes and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Offroad Aventure 07 (in Lanas), Base Canyon de la Besorgues (in Labastide-sur-Besorgues) and Marseille (The Panier & Abbaye Saint Victor). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, and wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon trip maker website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Avignon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

Saint-Raphael — 4 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Attractions like Massif de l'Esterel and Calanque de Maubois make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron & Plage de Sylvabelle), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Plage de Guerrevieille (in Grimaud). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Plage d'Aiguebelle, head outdoors with Eco Gliss, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Faviere, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael tour site.

Getting from Avignon to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. September in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nice.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:

Nice — 7 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.
Attractions like Marineland and Lérins Islands make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Antibes (Marché provençal & Musee Picasso). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Fort du Mont Alban, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

Plan trip to Nice with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Nice sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Find places to stay Oct 4 — 11:

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.