29 days in France Itinerary

29 days in France Itinerary

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29 days in France Itinerary

Start: Bilbao
Drive:  5​h
1
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Avignon
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Nice
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Paris
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Bilbao

1
night
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
On the 24th (Thu), do a tasting at Chateau St Jacques d’Albas. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, then appreciate the extensive heritage of La Cite Medievale, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip builder app .

Bilbao, Spain to Carcassonne is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. October in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
La Cite Medievale ©
La Cite Medievale

3
nights
Avignon

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), La Petite Ferme (in Villes-sur-Auzon) and Chateau de Lourmarin (in Lourmarin). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Avignon trip planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Gordes, Carrieres des Lumieres, Distillerie A. Blachere, La Petite Ferme, Chateau de Lourmarin
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

3
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
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 Marseille's surroundings by going to Cape Canaille (in Cassis), Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet) and Aix-en-Provence (Aviasim Aix-en-Provence, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, head outdoors with Route des Cretes, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Marseille journey tool .

Traveling by train from Avignon to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, Laser game Evolution, Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, Route des Cretes
Highlights from your plan
Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras ©
Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

4
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron), Saint-Tropez (Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez & La Ponche Beach) and Plage de Guerrevieille (in Grimaud).

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Saint-Raphael travel planner .

Drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez, Zipline, Kuentz le Monde des Cactus, Plage de Guerrevieille, La Ferme des Cairns
Highlights from your plan
Massif du Tanneron ©
Massif du Tanneron
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon

5
nights
Nice

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 Musee Picasso (in Antibes), Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Nice sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Antibes, Lérins Islands, Galerie Lifetime Gallery, Pitchoun Forest
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

5
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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nice in November, with highs in Paris at 12°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Honfleur (Saint Catherine's Catholic Church & Vieux Bassin), Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, let little ones run wild at Skatepark, don't miss a visit to Vieux, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rouen attractions tool .

Getting from Paris to Rouen by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Honfleur, Etretat, Skatepark, Fondation Claude Monet
Highlights from your plan
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise) and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip planner.

Drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Cimetières Militaires, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, Remains Mulberry Harbour
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

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