38 days in Western Europe Itinerary

38 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Train
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Train
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Train
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
Train
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Nantes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
Train
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Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive
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Le Quesnoy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 7 nights
Train
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Train to Montelimar Gare Sncf, Bus to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 1 night
Drive
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Millau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly to London Stansted Airport, Drive to Chelmsford

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Marseille — 4 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Change things up with a short trip to Chateau des Baux de Provence in Les Baux de Provence (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, head off the coast to Chateau d'If, take an in-depth tour of Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary builder app.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Marseille Provence Airport, Nîmes-Arles-Camargue Airport and Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport. April in Marseille sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll travel to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 3 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.
To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Bordeaux — 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): make a trip to The Water Mirror and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland and then snap pictures at Pont de Pierre.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux road trip website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Bordeaux by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Rochelle.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

La Rochelle — 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Musee Maritime de La Rochelle as well as Croisieres Inter-iles. When in La Rochelle, make a side trip to see Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re in Saint Martin de Re, approximately Saint Martin de Re away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and see the interesting displays at Museum d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle vacation builder website.

You can drive from Bordeaux to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in May, expect nights in La Rochelle to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nantes.
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Nantes — 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Nantes is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, wander the streets of Place Graslin, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Jules Verne.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nantes trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Nantes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

Mont-Saint-Michel — 3 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mont-Saint-Michel: Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux (in Bayeux), Normandy American Cemetery (in Colleville-sur-Mer) and Omaha Beach (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nantes to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 1 night

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Make your Bayeux itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Bayeux are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You'll set off for Le Quesnoy on the 18th (Thu).
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Le Quesnoy — 2 nights

Le Quesnoy is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.Le Quesnoy's inhabitants are known as Quercitains.EconomyThe town of Le Quesnoy has somehow missed much of the Industrial Revolution. For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Le Quesnoy itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Le Quesnoy takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Le Quesnoy, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paris.
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Paris — 7 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chartres Cathedral, Conciergerie, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, and other attractions you added. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and visit Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paris online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Le Quesnoy to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly to Lyon.
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Lyon — 4 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Lyon is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire de Lyon.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Lyon sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 1 night

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. You've now added Chauvet Cave to your itinerary. On the 31st (Wed), Head underground at Chauvet Cave.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Vallon-Pont-d'Arc online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Lyon in May, you will find days in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Millau.
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Millau — 2 nights

Leather Capital of France

Best known for its sheepskin gloves, Millau was at the head of the French fashion industry for gloves for two centuries.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Papillon and then snap pictures at Viaduc de Millau.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Millau trip app.

Getting from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Millau by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in June; daily highs in Millau reach 27°C and lows reach 13°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major and then visit The Panier.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Millau to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Millau in June, expect Marseille to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 20°C. You will leave for home on the 5th (Mon).
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Normandy travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.
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Ardeche travel guide

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Caves · Canyons · Kayaking & Canoeing