36 days in France Itinerary

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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Hyeres
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
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Fly to Paris Orly, Bus to Denfert-Rochereau, Train to Pontorson Mont St Michel, Taxi to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 1 night
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael — 4 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron), Promenade Andre Pradayrol (in Theoule sur Mer) and Maison du Patrimoine (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens). There's still lots to do: make a short side trip with TakSea, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Baumette, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de L'Oratoire, and get in on the family fun at Luna Park Frejus.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael online trip itinerary maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Saint-Raphael is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Saint-Raphael. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for much hotter days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 38°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 5 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to La Croisette (in Cannes) and Antibes (Wine Shop Flacons Divins & Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, make a trip to Place Massena, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Plage de Cabasson (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron, Plage de Sylvabelle, &more) and Le Pradet (Plage des Oursinieres & Plage du Pin de Galle). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, hike along Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens, stroll through Plage de Cavaliere, and kick back and relax at Plage de Jean Blanc.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Hyeres travel route planner.

Getting from Nice to Hyeres by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hyeres when traveling from Nice in August, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Marseille (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more), Cassis (Port de Cassis & Trolib) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Palais des Papes, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Loc-Ebike.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Avignon itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Hyeres to Avignon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Avignon are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 4 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.
Step out of Chamonix to go to Annecy and see Lake Annecy, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier des Bossons, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, and admire the masterpieces at Musee Alpin.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix tour planner.

Getting from Avignon to Chamonix by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

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.
Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Le Regourdou (in Lascaux), Parc Le Bournat (in Le Bugue) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Commarque, make a trip to Chateau de Beynac, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lascaux II.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda vacation planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, and then don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Mont-Saint-Michel by combination of flight, bus, train, and taxi takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, expect nights in Mont-Saint-Michel to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Colleville-sur-Mer.
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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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, then appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Colleville-sur-Mer road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Colleville-sur-Mer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Colleville-sur-Mer, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paris.
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Paris — 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris road trip planning site.

Getting from Colleville-sur-Mer to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly 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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