28 days in France Itinerary

28 days in France Itinerary

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Train to Genève, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 6 nights

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Chamonix

— 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, explore the activities along Lac Blanc, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, and hit the slopes at Aiguille du Midi.

To find out how to plan a trip to Chamonix, use our trip itinerary maker.

Paris to Chamonix is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Le Suquet & Rue d'Antibes) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nice tour planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Plage de Sylvabelle (in La Croix-Valmer), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Ramatuelle (Cap Taillat & Tahiti Plage). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, stroll through Calanque de Maubois, explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, and look for gifts at Catalan Bougie.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael road trip website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 38°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, and Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne itinerary planner.

Fly from Saint-Raphael to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carcassonne, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Nature · Parks

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix), Grotte de Rouffignac (in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins d'Eau, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Commarque, and make a trip to Vieux Sarlat.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sarlat-la-Caneda when traveling from Carcassonne in August, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip maker site.

Do a combination of flight, bus, train, and taxi from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Mont-Saint-Michel in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 14th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Omaha Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and then brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bayeux vacation planning app.

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris road trip planning site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.