28 days in France Itinerary

28 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner

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Train to Copenhagen Airport, Fly to Paris
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Giverny
— 1 night
Drive
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Etretat
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly to Copenhagen, Train to Malmo

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (L'Orangerie, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Malmo, Sweden to Paris is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Giverny.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Giverny

— 1 night
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
On the 20th (Thu), examine the collection at Fondation Claude Monet, then examine the collection at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle, and then head outdoors with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Giverny trip planning website.

You can drive from Paris to Giverny in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. May in Giverny sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Etretat

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), then don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Falaises d'Etretat.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Etretat itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Giverny to Etretat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. May in Etretat sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Etretat

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Etretat to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In May in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to La Compagnie des Terroirs (in Caen) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Bayeux sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Step out of Carcassonne with an excursion to Grotte de Niaux in Niaux--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, get to know the fascinating history of Place Carnot, and make a trip to Abbaye de Caunes Minervois.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne travel route planning site.

You can fly from Bayeux to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Bayeux, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Trolib (in Cassis), Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and wander the streets of The Panier.

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You can fly from Carcassonne to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Scuba & Snorkeling & Domaine Sainte Marie), Cap Taillat (in Ramatuelle) and Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, stop by Catalan Bougie, awaken your taste buds at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera, and pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and La Croisette (in Cannes). Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip planning tool.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in June, expect nights in Nice to be a bit warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.