34 days in France & Wateringen Itinerary

34 days in France & Wateringen Itinerary

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La Flotte, France
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La Teste-de-Buch, France
— 3 nights
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Pau, France
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 4 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 4 nights
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Cassis, France
— 5 nights
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Saorge, France
— 2 nights
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Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, France
— 3 nights
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Annecy, France
— 3 nights
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Alligny en Morvan, France
— 1 night
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Wateringen, The Netherlands
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La Flotte, France

— 4 nights
La Flotte is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France. Change things up with these side-trips from La Flotte: Corderie Royale (in Rochefort), Plage de Chatelaillon (in Chatelaillon-Plage) and Phare des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines). There's lots more to do: get outside with Yootoo, stroll around Parc de la Barbette, stop by Ma cabane sur la Plage, and take some stellar pictures from Clocher Observatoire.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Flotte travel route tool.

Wateringen, The Netherlands to La Flotte is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Wateringen in April since evenings lows in La Flotte dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to La Teste-de-Buch.

Things to do in La Flotte

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

La Teste-de-Buch, France

— 3 nights
La Teste-de-Buch is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.It is located on the south shore of Arcachon Bay, lying in the southwestern part of Gironde.It is the largest of four communes that comprise the (COBAS), a small metropolitan area of 54,204 population (1999 census). La Teste-de-Buch is known for adventure, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at La Grande Dune du Pilat, stroll through Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, take in the waterfront at Jetée Thiers, and make a trip to Necropole Nationale de la Teste de Buch.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the La Teste-de-Buch itinerary site.

You can drive from La Flotte to La Teste-de-Buch in 11.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pau.

Things to do in La Teste-de-Buch

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Pau, France

— 2 nights

Royal City

On the northern edge of the Pyrénées, Pau is the perfect base to explore the mountains and ride the Funiculaire de Pau, a unique historic funicular railway that links the city center and Boulevard des Pyrénées to the railway station Gare de Pau.
On the 9th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame du Bout du Pont, step into the grandiose world of Château de Pau, then stop by Bord de Gave - Bearnaise de Pau, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint Martin, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Boulevard des Pyrenees. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Eglise Saint-Joseph, then sample the tasty concoctions at Brasserie Bearnaise, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Foret de Bastard.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pau day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from La Teste-de-Buch to Pau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Pau sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Pau

Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Carcassonne, France

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Toulouse (Cite de l'espace, Church of Les Jacobins, &more). There's still lots to do: visit Cité de Carcassonne, don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne tour planner.

Drive from Pau to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Montpellier, France

— 4 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Venture out of the city with trips to Les Baux de Provence (Musee Yves Brayer, Carrieres des Lumieres, &more) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Maison de la Nature, take a stroll through Place de la Comedie, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre, and steep yourself in history at Porte du Peyrou.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Montpellier road trip site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Montpellier takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cassis.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cassis, France

— 5 nights
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cassis: Domaine Lou Capelan (in La Cadiere d'Azur) and Hyeres (Eglise Saint Louis & Vieille Ville). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take in the waterfront at Port de Cassis, go for a walk through Calanque de Port-Miou, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montagne Sainte Victoire.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cassis road trip planner.

Getting from Montpellier to Cassis by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. April in Cassis sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Saorge.

Things to do in Cassis

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saorge, France

— 2 nights
Saorge is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St-Sauveur, then don't miss a visit to Col de Turini, and then make a trip to Via Ferrata des Canyons de Lantosque. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Monastere de Saorge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Notre-Dame-De-L'Assomption, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Tende, and finally snap pictures at Pont du Coq.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Saorge trip planner.

Drive from Cassis to Saorge in 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon.

Things to do in Saorge

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, France

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon: La chapelle Sainte-Maxime (in Riez), Verdon Les Basses Gorges (in Quinson) and Les Jardins du Clos de Villeneuve (in Valensole).

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon road trip app.

Traveling by car from Saorge to Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Saorge in April, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Annecy, France

— 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Annecy is known for nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Annecy, take in breathtaking views at Terra Canyon, see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile, and take in the awesome beauty at Semnoz.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Annecy trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon to Annecy takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon in April: highs in Annecy hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Alligny en Morvan.

Things to do in Annecy

Nature · Parks · Museums · Adventure

Alligny en Morvan, France

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stroll around Parc Naturel Regional du Morvan, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Andoche de Saulieu, and then examine the collection at Musee Pompon.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Alligny en Morvan travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Alligny en Morvan takes 3.5 hours. May in Alligny en Morvan sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Wateringen.

Things to do in Alligny en Morvan

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wateringen, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Wateringen is a town in the Dutch province of South Holland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): stroll around Prinsenbos, head outdoors with Wato Events, then examine the collection at Nationaal Sleepvaart Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Maassluis, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Groote Kerk.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Wateringen trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Alligny en Morvan to Wateringen takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. May in Wateringen sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Wateringen

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.