38 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Bus to St Raphael Valescure, Train to Marseille
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Rouen
— 4 nights
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Etretat
— 1 night
Bus to Caen, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Le Suquet & La Croisette), La Verrerie de Biot (in Biot) and Antibes (Musee Picasso & Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes). The adventure continues: stop by Old Town, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 5 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Plage Des Brouis (in La Croix-Valmer), Port Grimaud (in Grimaud) and La Pointe de l'Aiguille (in Theoule sur Mer). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, relax and rejuvenate at Thalasso Spa Les Issambres, stroll around Domaine du Rayol, and get outside with Eco Gliss.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Saint-Raphael day trip site.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, admire the striking features of Elise Saint-Theodore, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and wander the streets of The Panier.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip planner.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Marseille by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin, Musee des Augustins, &more). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne day trip planning app.

Getting from Marseille to Carcassonne by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 5 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and stop by Montmartre.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation planning app.

Getting from Carcassonne to Paris by train takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne in May, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Venture out of the city with trips to Giverny (Musee des impressionnismes, Fondation Claude Monet, &more) and Amiens (St-Leu, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, don't miss a visit to Rue Eau de Robec, contemplate the long history of Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc.

Plan trip to Rouen with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in June, you will find days in Rouen are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Etretat.
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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 8th (Thu): make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, and then explore the striking landscape at Porte d’Aval.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Etretat trip maker.

You can drive from Rouen to Etretat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Etretat are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, kick back and relax at Omaha Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip planner.

Drive from Etretat to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Moulin de Moidrey.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel 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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