36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner
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Rouen
— 4 nights
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Etretat
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Rouen — 4 nights

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Amiens (Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more), Be Baie (in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme) and Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fondation Claude Monet, make a trip to Vieux Rouen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and get to know the fascinating history of Rue du Gros-Horloge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rouen trip planning site.

Chicago, USA to Rouen is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in Rouen reach 63°F and lows reach 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Etretat.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas
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Etretat — 1 night

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, then take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Etretat trip planning website.

Getting from Rouen to Etretat by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Etretat can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Go for a jaunt from Bayeux to Sainte-Mere-Eglise to see Airborne Museum about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online trip planner.

Drive from Etretat to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, trek along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and then surround yourself with nature on L'Aigrette, Pauses Natures en baie.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet), Azur Wine Tours (in Vence) and La Croisette (in Cannes). Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: visit Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice holiday planning app.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in May; daily highs in Nice reach 69°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Saint-Raphael — 4 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, explore the gorgeous colors at Le Cap Lardier, explore the ancient world of Barrage de Malpasset, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip app.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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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 Marseille's surroundings by going to Trolib (in Cassis), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, take a stroll through The Panier, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Marseille using our trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can fly to Carcassonne.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Carcassonne — 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux), Toulouse (Musee des Augustins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). The adventure continues: visit Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, ponder the design of Place Carnot, and steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne online trip builder.

You can fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly to Paris.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay May 27 — 31:

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.
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 landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paris day trip planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Carcassonne in May, plan for little chillier days in Paris, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 6:

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.