36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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Rouen
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 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

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers), Honfleur (Vieux Bassin & Saint Catherine's Catholic Church) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, don't miss a visit to La maison sublime, and take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip maker app.

San Francisco, USA to Rouen is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Rouen is 9 hours. June in Rouen sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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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). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

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Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 30th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel and then trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel route planner.

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 June in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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Nice

— 6 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.
Step out of Nice with an excursion to Lérins Islands in Cannes--about 52 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nice online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in June: high temperatures in Nice hover around 76°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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Saint-Raphael

— 5 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: Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron), Eco Gliss (in Les Issambres) and Sainte-Maxime (Plage de la Nartelle, Kelys, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Maubois, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Agay Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael tour builder site.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Saint-Raphael, with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

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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: La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Stand-Up Paddleboarding), Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely, Musee Granet, &more) and Trolib (in Cassis). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and take a stroll through The Panier.

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 July in Marseille, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin, Musee des Augustins, &more) and Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy (in Albi). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, and don't miss a visit to Place Carnot.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne sightseeing planner.

Getting from Marseille to Carcassonne by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wineries

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Carcassonne in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

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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.