34 days in France Itinerary

34 days in France Itinerary

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34 days in France Itinerary

Start: Quito
+3
Fly + train + foot + train:  17​h
1
Rouen
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bayeux
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Nice
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
La Croix-Valmer
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Marseille
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Paris
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Quito

5
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll explore and learn at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Musee de la Corderie Vallois. Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Abbaye de Jumieges will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Dieppe), Caresse de Tigre (in La Mailleraye-sur-Seine) and Plage-Baignade Yport (in Yport). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), take in the exciting artwork at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, take some stellar pictures from Falaise d'Etretat, and admire the natural beauty at Les Cressonnieres.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rouen route builder tool .

Quito, Ecuador to Rouen is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Quito to Rouen, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Rouen when traveling from Quito in June, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Plage-Baignade Yport, Caresse de Tigre, Falaises d'Etretat, Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Caresse de Tigre ©
Caresse de Tigre
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

6
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 American Cemetery & Memorial and Omaha Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Juno Beach and Urville Nacqueville Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Le Havre de Portbail (in Port-Bail), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Dunes d'Hattainville (in Les Moitiers-d’Allonne). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, examine the collection at Musee de Courseulles, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and brush up on your military savvy at Memorial of Caen.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Bayeux are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mont Saint-Michel, Musee D-Day Omaha, Juno Beach, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Le Havre de Portbail
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

5
nights
Nice

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.
Appreciate the collections at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and Palais Lascaris. Do your shopping at La Croisette and Marche Forville. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Mandelieu-la-Napoule (Scuba & Snorkeling & Swim with Dolphins) and Escalet Beach (in Ramatuelle). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Castel Plage and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eze Sur Mer Strand.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bayeux in July, with highs in Nice at 32°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Cannes, Plage de l'Escalet, Eze Sur Mer Strand, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
Highlights from your plan
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris

5
nights
La Croix-Valmer

La Croix-Valmer ©
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chartreuse de la Verne and Notre Dame De Constance. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La plage and Plage de Gigaro. When in La Croix-Valmer, make a side trip to see Plage de Jean Blanc in Le Lavandou, approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sylvabelle, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Michel, kick back and relax at Plage des Marines, and explore the historical opulence of Grimaud Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Croix-Valmer trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Nice to La Croix-Valmer takes 2 hours. Traveling from Nice in July, expect nights in La Croix-Valmer to be a bit cooler, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Grimaud, Notre Dame De Constance, Plage des Marines, Chartreuse de la Verne, Plage de Jean Blanc
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Chartreuse de la Verne ©
Chartreuse de la Verne

5
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage noire du Langoustier and Plage La Capte. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer (in Sanary-sur-Mer), Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Oursinieres, pause for some serene contemplation at La Collegiale Saint Paul, get engrossed in the history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip builder website .

Drive from La Croix-Valmer to Marseille in 2 hours. July in Marseille sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Hyeres, La Collegiale Saint Paul, Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer, Plage des Oursinieres
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Champs-Elysees and Palace of Versailles. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paris day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Marseille to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Marseille in July; daily highs in Paris reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

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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