36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 6 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
Drive to Toulouse, Fly to Nice
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Rouen
— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online trip maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in April, with highs in Paris at 18°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Find places to stay Apr 23 — 29:

Sarlat-la-Caneda — 5 nights

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Le Regourdou (in Lascaux). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, and steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda route builder tool.

You can fly from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in April, expect nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nice.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 4:

Nice — 6 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: Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay), Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.
Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Find places to stay May 4 — 10:

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Trolib (in Cassis) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, look for gifts at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and wander the streets of The Panier.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Marseille online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Avignon.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), La Maison Carree (in Nimes) and Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, stroll through Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and get a tailor-made plan with Le Gout des Autres - Wine Prestige Tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Avignon driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Avignon, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:

Mont-Saint-Michel — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get outside with Avel Char, stroll through Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and then trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pointe du Grouin du Sud and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel holiday planner.

Fly from Avignon to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, Mont-Saint-Michel is a bit cooler than Avignon - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Step out of Bayeux to go to Sainte-Mere-Eglise and see Airborne Museum, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and examine the collection at Musee du debarquement.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux itinerary planning website.

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rouen.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 20 — 24:

Rouen — 3 nights

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Falaises d'Etretat and then don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Fondation Claude Monet, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and then make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Rouen, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Fri).
Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

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.