36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Colleville-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly
4
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Hyeres
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Chamonix
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Geneva, Fly to Rouen
10
Rouen
— 2 nights
Train to Paris Orly, Fly to Carcassonne
11
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
12
Porto, Corsica
— 3 nights
Drive to Bastia, Fly to Manchester

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Paris — 4 nights

City of Light

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 with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip maker.

Manchester, UK to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Paris. While traveling from Manchester, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colleville-sur-Mer.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Colleville-sur-Mer — 1 night

Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colleville-sur-Mer road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Paris to Colleville-sur-Mer in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Paris, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colleville-sur-Mer, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 9th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel and then cool off at Alligator Bay.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel road trip planning tool.

Drive from Colleville-sur-Mer to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bambousaie de La Roque-Gageac, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Exotique.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip planner.

Fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August, you will find days in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.
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Nice — 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Nice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in August since evenings lows in Nice dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), La Pointe de l'Aiguille (in Theoule sur Mer) and Parc Zoologique de Frejus (in Frejus). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), and do a tasting at Domaine Terres Destel.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Saint-Raphael, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 5 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Plage Notre Dame (in Porquerolles Island), Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu (in Cogolin) and Port Grimaud (in Grimaud). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, make a splash at Aquavillage Parc, and stroll through Plage du Pradeau.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hyeres visit site.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hyeres, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Avignon.
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Avignon — 4 nights

City of Popes

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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and make a trip to Les Eclaireurs Sculpteurs Africains.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Avignon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Avignon sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.
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Wineries · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
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Chamonix — 3 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, admire the masterpieces at Musee Alpin, fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards, and get to know the resident critters at Parc de Merlet.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chamonix online itinerary planner.

Drive from Avignon to Chamonix in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Rouen.
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Rouen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): make a trip to Vieux Rouen, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then examine the collection at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes, then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rouen online itinerary builder.

Getting from Chamonix to Rouen by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and train. In August, daytime highs in Rouen are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): visit Cité de Carcassonne, then explore the activities along Canal du Midi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne travel tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Rouen to Carcassonne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rouen in September, expect Carcassonne to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Porto.
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Porto, Corsica — 3 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Porto: Sentier du Facteur (in Girolata) and Piana (Camping d'Arone & D81).

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Porto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. In September, daytime highs in Porto are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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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