37 days in Western Europe Itinerary

37 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
Bus
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nantes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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
Drive
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
Drive
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Millau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 1 night
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Marseille

— 3 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.
You've added Chateau d'If, Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, Le Vieux Port, and other attractions to your itinerary. When in Marseille, make a side trip to see Chateau des Baux de Provence in Les Baux de Provence, approximately Les Baux de Provence away. There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille road trip planner.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Marseille Provence Airport, Nîmes-Arles-Camargue Airport and Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

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.
When in Carcassonne, make a side trip to see Cathedrale St-Jean in Perpignan, approximately Perpignan away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

Bordeaux

— 3 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 1st (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): ponder the design of Monument aux Girondins, admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin, and then snap pictures at Pont de Pierre.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:

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. Take a break from La Rochelle with a short trip to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re in Saint Martin de Re, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, see the interesting displays at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, and make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Rochelle tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Bordeaux to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Bordeaux, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in La Rochelle, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Nantes

— 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
When in Nantes, make a side trip to see Chateau de Villandry in Villandry, approximately Villandry away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

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 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nantes

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel and then pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to La Grande Rue and then make a trip to Le Moulin de Moidrey.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Drive from Nantes to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In May in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), you're off to Le Quesnoy.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

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. On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Forum Antique de Bavay and then make a trip to Fortifications.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Le Quesnoy trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Le Quesnoy in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Le Quesnoy

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, take a stroll through Le Marais, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

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. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 20:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Lake Annecy in Annecy (about 2 hours away). The adventure continues: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lyon trip planning website.

Fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Lyon, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 24:

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 3 nights
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: La Bambouseraie en Cevennes (in Generargues) and Grotte de la Salamandre (in Mejannes-le-Clap). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, indulge in some culinary diversions at Domaine Alain Dumarcher, and stroll through Gorges de l'Ardeche.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc attractions planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Lyon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Millau.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

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.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate the long history of St. Eulalie de Cernon, then experience rural life at Fromagerie Papillon Caves, then snap pictures at Viaduc de Millau, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Gorges du Tarn, then get outside with Grotte de Dargilan, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aven Armand, and finally take some stellar pictures from Point Sublime.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Millau trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Millau takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in May; daily highs in Millau reach 21°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Millau

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 29:

Marseille

— 1 night

Gateway to Provence

Your day by day itinerary now includes Parc National des Calanques. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Parc National des Calanques and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

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Traveling by car from Millau to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Millau in May: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:

Ardeche travel guide

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Caves · Canyons · Kayaking & Canoeing