28 days in France Itinerary

28 days in France Itinerary

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28 days in France Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  11 h
1
Menton
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Cannes
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Aix-en-Provence
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Vars
— 3 nights
Drive:  9 h
6
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
8
Paris
— 6 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Dubai

3
nights
Menton

Menton ©
Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Get in touch with nature at Promenade du Soleil and Tete de Chien. Popular historic sites such as Église Saint Veran and Ruines de Rocca Sparviera are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Menton side-trips: Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste (in Coaraze), Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille (in Chateauneuf-Villevieille) and La Maison du Portal (in Levens). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Palmes Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Madone d'Utelle, and admire the masterpieces at Musee du Bastion.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Menton day trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Menton is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In December, Menton is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Menton

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Coaraze, Utelle, Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille, La Maison du Portal, Tete de Chien
Highlights from your plan
Église Saint Veran ©
Église Saint Veran
Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste
La Madone d'Utelle ©
La Madone d'Utelle

3
nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Rue d'Antibes. You'll get in some beach time at Castel Plage and Juan les Pins Main Beach. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Lérins Islands, take in the exciting artwork at Pierini Verre contemporain, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Gabel, and don't miss a visit to La Croisette.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cannes trip planner.

You can drive from Menton to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nice, Biot, Juan les Pins Main Beach
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

3
nights
Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Get outdoors at Plage de Pampelonne and Port Grimaud Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Domaine Sainte Marie and Domaine Tropez. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Tropez: Le Lavandou (Plage de Jean Blanc, Grande Plage du Lavandou, & more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de l'Escalet, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Michel, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saint-Tropez trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Cannes to Saint-Tropez takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cannes in December, Saint-Tropez is slightly colder at night with lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Grimaud, La Croix-Valmer, Domaine Sainte Marie
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle

3
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles and Paul Cezanne’s Studio will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Explore Aix-en-Provence's surroundings by going to Parc national des Calanques (in Marseille), Plage de Renecros (in Bandol) and Cassis (Plage de la Grande Mer & Cape Canaille). There's more to do: get outside with Le Glof.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Aix-en-Provence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vars.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cassis, Marseille, Le Glof, Plage de Renecros
Highlights from your plan
Plage de la Grande Mer ©
Plage de la Grande Mer
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles

3
nights
Vars

Vars ©
Step out of the city life by going to Station de Ski Reallon and Station de St Jean Montclar. Venture out of the city with trips to Ski Orcieres Merlette (in Orcieres), Esf Chabanon (in Selonnet) and Ruines du Fort de Reallon (in Reallon).

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vars trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Vars by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in December, expect Vars to be slightly colder, temps between 7°C and -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Vars

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Reallon, Esf Chabanon, The Petrifying Fountain of Reotier, Station de St Jean Montclar, Ski Orcieres Merlette
Highlights from your plan
Esf Chabanon ©
Esf Chabanon
Ski Orcieres Merlette ©
Ski Orcieres Merlette

2
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mont Saint-Michel and Maison de l'Artichaut. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal and Plage du Plat Gousset. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mont-Saint-Michel: Pointe D'Agon (in Agon-Coutainville), Genets (Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel & Beach of Genets) and Musee d'Art Moderne Richard Anacreon (in Granville). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip planning tool .

Drive from Vars to Mont-Saint-Michel in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vars in December: high temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel hover around 12°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Granville, Genets, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, Pointe D'Agon
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Pointe D'Agon ©
Pointe D'Agon

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get some historical perspective at Normandy American Cemetery and Pegasus Memorial. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Vauville and Plage de Barneville.. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Urville Nacqueville Beach (in Urville-Nacqueville), Plages de Houlgate (in Houlgate) and Church of Angoville-Au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Omaha Beach, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, Plage de Vauville, Church of Angoville-Au-Plain
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Vauville
Plage de Vauville
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

6
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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 inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Head to Champs-Elysees and Le Maraisfor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Paris are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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