35 days in Western Europe Itinerary

35 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
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Nantes
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 10 nights
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Montpellier
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Cite Medievale.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride 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), you're off to La Rochelle.
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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 by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough 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, wander the streets of Place Graslin, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Jules Verne.

Planning Nantes trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Getting from La Rochelle to Nantes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Nantes, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 10 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 Palace of Versailles as well as Chartres Cathedral. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip builder app.

You can fly from Nantes to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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: don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, and take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire de Lyon.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can take a train to Montpellier.
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Montpellier — 3 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Montpellier online tour planner.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Montpellier takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Fri).
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