34 days in France & Ile-de-France Itinerary

34 days in France & Ile-de-France Itinerary

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34 days in France & Ile-de-France Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Aix-en-Provence
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Cannes
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Menton
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Rouen
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Paris
— 9 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Bangkok

5
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palais des Papes and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aix-en-Provence: Cathédrale La Major (in Marseille), Domaine Albin Jacumin (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musee Granet, learn about winemaking at Domaine CROIX ROUSSE, steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and view the masterpieces at Poterie Point Fusion.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Aix-en-Provence tour builder tool .

Bangkok, Thailand to Aix-en-Provence is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in December; daily highs in Aix-en-Provence reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Marseille, Avignon, Poterie Point Fusion, Carrieres des Lumieres, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Highlights from your plan
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

5
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. Head to La Croisette and Le Musee du Parfumfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cannes: Nice (Musée Marc Chagall, Palais Lascaris, & more) and St-Paul-de-Vence (La Collegiale Saint Paul & Saint-Paul de Vence). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Verrerie Pierini, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Gabel, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and look for gifts at VinAzur - Vins de provence.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannes vacation planning tool .

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Menton.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nice, Biot, St-Paul-de-Vence, VinAzur - Vins de provence, Le Musee du Parfum
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as La Madone d'Utelle and Ruines de Rocca Sparviera are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Menton: Chapelle Saint Hospice (in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat), Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille (in Chateauneuf-Villevieille) and Eglise (in Villefranche-sur-Mer). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint Veran, make a trip to Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon, see the interesting displays at Musee des Coquillages, and admire the masterpieces at Musee du Bastion.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Menton trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Cannes to Menton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Menton, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Menton

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Utelle, Coaraze, Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille, Eglise Sainte-Marguerite
Highlights from your plan
La Madone d'Utelle ©
La Madone d'Utelle
Église Saint Veran ©
Église Saint Veran

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Bayeux War Cemetery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Pegasus Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Basilique Notre-Dame d'Alencon (in Alencon), Chapelle de la Congregation Notre-Dame de Fidelite (in Douvres-la-Delivrande) and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe (in La Cambe). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Parc des Forges de Varenne, explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle du Petit Saint Ceneri, and look for gifts at H2O Parapluies.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux tour itinerary planning website .

Fly from Menton to Bayeux in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Menton in December, you will find days in Bayeux are little chillier (11°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pegasus Memorial, Parc des Forges de Varenne, Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, Normandy American Cemetery, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

5
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get some cultural insight at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee De La Verrerie and V1 Site at Val Ygot. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Calvados Boulard (in Coquainvilliers), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Abbaye de St-Wandrille (in Saint-Wandrille-Rancon). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), admire the masterpieces at Centre d'Art Contemporain Matmut, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Mesnieres, and see the interesting displays at Musee de la Corderie Vallois.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rouen journey planner .

Drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rouen are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), Musee de la Corderie Vallois, Chateau de Mesnieres, Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, Musee De La Verrerie
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite) ©

9
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.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris trip planner .

Take a bus from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Versailles, Chateau de Chambord
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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