35 days in France Itinerary

35 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Drive to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 1 night
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Tours
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Prades
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Train
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sciez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luneville
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Bayeux

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, then witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bayeux online holiday planner.

Asheville, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Asheville to Bayeux is 6 hours. Traveling from Asheville in August, expect Bayeux to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Le Moulin de Moidrey, then examine the collection at Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Chemin de Ronde.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel itinerary planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 55°F at night. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tours.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Tours

— 4 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
You'll explore and learn at Chateau de Chenonceau and Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci. Chateau de Chambord and Chateau Royal d'Amboise will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Pierre et Bertrand Couly (in Chinon), Chateau du Petit Thouars (in Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne) and Caves Louis de Grenelle (in Saumur). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, indulge your senses at Caves du Pere Auguste, learn about winemaking at Chateau Gaudrelle, and admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Tours trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Tours takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. August in Tours sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac, play a few rounds at Golf de la Forge, and then make a trip to Chateau des Milandes. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Commarque, contemplate the long history of Roc de Cazelle, and then Head underground at Grotte du Grand Roc.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip tool.

You can drive from Tours to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Tours, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 51°F. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Prades.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Golf · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Prades

— 3 nights
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Queribus and Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Puilaurens and Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Prades: Musee d'art moderne de Ceret (in Ceret) and La Franqui Beach (in La Franqui).

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You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Prades in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Prades

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center

— 1 night
On the 8th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and then examine the collection at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Prades to Carcassonne Center in 2 hours. September in Carcassonne Center sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon

— 4 nights

City of Popes

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.
Appreciate the collections at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Fondation Vasarely. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau des Baux de Provence and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Venture out of the city with trips to Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Vieil Aix, &more) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, make a trip to Roman Theatre of Orange, and admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon day trip app.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Get some cultural insight at Vieux Lyon and Musee Miniature et Cinema. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval and Fresque des Lyonnais. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage), Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges) and Le Jardin d'Eden (in Tournon-sur-Rhone). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cormatin.

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You can take a train from Avignon to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in September, expect nights in Lyon to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame de la Gorge, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then explore the activities along Lac Blanc. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, then take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons, and then examine the collection at Crystal Museum.

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Getting from Lyon to Chamonix by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Sciez.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Sciez

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): tee off at Evian Resort Golf Club and then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Musique Mecanique. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Voltaire and then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Boissellerie.

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Traveling by car from Chamonix to Sciez takes 2 hours. September in Sciez sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Luneville.

Things to do in Sciez

Golf · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Luneville

— 2 nights
Lunéville is a commune in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department in France.It is a subprefecture of the department and lies on the Meurthe River at its confluence with the Vezouze. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Le Chateau de Luneville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale et cloitre Saint Etienne, then step into the grandiose world of Forteresse de Chatel-Sur-Moselle, and finally examine the collection at Musee de l'Image. On your second day here, head outdoors with Lac de Pierre-Percee.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Luneville vacation planner.

You can drive from Sciez to Luneville in 5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Luneville can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Luneville

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee Rodin and Île de la Cité. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

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You can drive from Luneville to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. September in Paris sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.