34 days in France Itinerary

34 days in France Itinerary

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Calais
— 1 night
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Lille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amneville
— 1 night
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Strasbourg
— 1 night
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Colmar
— 2 nights
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Chamonix
— 1 night
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Annecy
— 1 night
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Menton
— 3 nights
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Eze
— 3 nights
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Beaulieu-sur-Mer
— 1 night
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St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
— 2 nights
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Porto-Vecchio
— 1 night
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Villefranche-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Vence
— 4 nights
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Calais

— 1 night

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
On the 1st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Calais Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, and then wander the streets of Place d'Armes. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to l'Hotel de Ville de Calais, stop by Calais Wine Superstore, steep yourself in history at Tour du Guet, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Calais tour planner.

London, UK to Calais is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Calais can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Lille.

Things to do in Calais

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Lille

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the history at Fromelles and Flanders Battlefield Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Place du Theatre, admire the striking features of Chambre de Commerce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place aux Oignons, then take a stroll through Vieux-Lille, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): laugh and play at Koezio, then contemplate the waterfront views at Parc du Heron, and then examine the collection at Le Musee de Plein Air.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lille trip planner.

You can drive from Calais to Lille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Amneville.

Things to do in Lille

Nature · Theme Parks · Parks · Spas

Amneville

— 1 night
Amnéville is a commune in the Moselle department in Grand Est in northeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get outside with Labyrinthe Vegetal de Vigy and then pause for some photo ops at Statue de la Vierge.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Amneville day trip planner.

Drive from Lille to Amneville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Amneville

Outdoors

Side Trips

Strasbourg

— 1 night

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Paul, admire the striking features of La Neustadt, then don't miss a visit to Centre Culturel de la Ville D'illkirch-Graffenstaden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Buvette aux Sept Ecluses, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Notre-Dame du Chene.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg journey planner.

Traveling by car from Amneville to Strasbourg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Colmar

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 7th (Thu), explore the landscape on two wheels at Route des Vins d'Alsace, then examine the collection at Parc Attractions Haut Rhin, and then take a stroll through Little Venice. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden, admire the striking features of Koifhus (Old Custom House), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Martin, then admire the landmark architecture of Salle du Corps de Garde, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Maison Schongauer.

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Getting from Strasbourg to Colmar by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Colmar can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Colmar

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

Chamonix

— 1 night

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 9th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Michel, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chamonix Cemetery, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On your second day here, hike along La Jonction and then fly down the slopes at Vallee Blanche.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chamonix day trip planning website.

Drive from Colmar to Chamonix in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Annecy

— 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 11th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Des Marquisats, and then step off the mainland to explore Ile des Cygnes.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Annecy trip planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Annecy sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Lyon

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): make a trip to Fresque des Lyonnais, ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins, then take a stroll through The Presqu'ile, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then make a trip to Musee de Fourviere, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Lyon, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Menton.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Spas

Menton

— 3 nights

Pearl of France

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica St. Michel and Parc Alpha. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Promenade du Soleil and Palmes Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Menton side-trips: Vieux Tende (in Tende), Monastere de Saorge (in Saorge) and Sospel Cathedral (in Sospel). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Cemetery of the Old Chateau, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs, explore the world behind art at Jean Cocteau Museum Collection Severin Wunderman, and get to know the fascinating history of Promenade Le Corbusier.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Menton day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Menton takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Menton. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Eze.

Things to do in Menton

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Eze

— 3 nights
Hillside villages along the Mediterranean coast don't come more picturesque than Eze, attracting vacationers with its perfectly preserved medieval streets, colorful botanical gardens, and sweeping sea views.
We've included these beaches for you: Eze Sur Mer Strand and Plage Mala. Popular historic sites such as The Church of Èze and Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille are in your itinerary. Take a break from Eze with a short trip to Chapelle des Penitents Blancs in Peillon, about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche, take a memorable drive along Tete de Chien, explore and take pictures at Moyenne Corniche, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Recreation Champetre.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Eze road trip planning app.

Getting from Menton to Eze by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Eze

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Beaulieu-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Belluogo, Bèuluec de Mar) is a seaside village on the French Riviera between Nice and Monaco. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): try your luck at Casino de Beaulieu, steep yourself in history at Villa Kerylos, and then make a trip to Promenade Maurice Rouvier.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Beaulieu-sur-Mer visit planning site.

Beaulieu-sur-Mer is just a short distance from Eze. In May, daytime highs in Beaulieu-sur-Mer are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Things to do in Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Casinos · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

— 2 nights
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Italian: San Giovanni Capo Ferrato) is a commune of the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.It is located on a peninsula next to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and to Villefranche-sur-Mer and extends out to Cap Ferrat. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Villa Santo Sospir, then trek along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, and then stroll through Plage de Passable. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint Hospice, enjoy the sand and surf at Paloma Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat online travel planner.

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is very close to Beaulieu-sur-Mer. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Porto-Vecchio

— 1 night
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. On the 23rd (Sat), stroll through Reserve Naturelle des Iles Cerbicales and then delve into the distant past at Site prehistorique de Castellu d'Araggio.

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Traveling by flight from St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to Porto-Vecchio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Porto-Vecchio can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Villefranche-sur-Mer

— 2 nights
Villefranche-sur-Mer is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the French Riviera.GeographyVillefranche-sur-Mer adjoins the city of Nice to the east along Mont Boron, Mont Alban and Mont Vinaigrier, and 10km south west of Monaco. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Mariniere. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Les Musees de La Citadelle, go for a stroll along the water at Old Harbor (La Darse), deepen your understanding at Institut de Francais, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue Obscure.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Villefranche-sur-Mer road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Porto-Vecchio to Villefranche-sur-Mer takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Porto-Vecchio in May, plan for little chillier days in Villefranche-sur-Mer, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Nice

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Get some cultural insight at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Castel Plage will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Juan les Pins Main Beach (in Juan-les-Pins) and Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Monastère de Cimiez, stop by VinAzur - Vins de provence, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and make a trip to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice online tour itinerary maker.

Nice is very close to Villefranche-sur-Mer. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Vence

— 4 nights
Vence is a commune set in the hills of the Alpes Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France between Nice and Antibes.Ecclesiastical historyThe first known Bishop of Vence is Severus, bishop in 439 and perhaps as early as 419.Among others are: St. Get outdoors at Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague and Massif du Tanneron. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ville medieval and Chapelle du Rosaire. Get out of town with these interesting Vence side-trips: Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon (in Gourdon), La Citadelle d'Entrevaux (in Entrevaux) and Spas (in Opio). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Penitents Blancs, do a tasting at Domaine Saint-Joseph, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul, and see the interesting displays at Musee de Vence - Chateau de Villeneuve.

To see reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Vence holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Nice to Vence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Vence, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vence

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wineries

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.

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Ski Areas · Architectural Buildings
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014; it resulted from the merger of Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes. The new region came into effect on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015.The region covers an area of more than 69711km2, making it the third largest in metropolitan France, with a population of 7,695,264, second only to Île-de-France.ToponymyThe text of the territorial reform law gives interim names for most of the merged regions, combining the names of their constituent regions separated by hyphens. Permanent names would be proposed by the new regional councils and confirmed by the Conseil d'État by 1 October 2016.The interim name of the new administrative region was a hyphenated placename, composed of the historic region of Auvergne, the river Rhône, and the French Alps. The same name has been chosen as the definitive name, which was officialized by the Conseil d'État on 28 September 2016.GeographyThe region borders Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to the south, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to the north, Nouvelle-Aquitaine to the west, Switzerland (Cantons of Geneva, Valais and Vaud) and Italy (Aosta Valley and Piedmont) to the northeast and east.

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Corsica travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Landmarks · Historic Sites
The island paradise of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea is a mosaic of diverse landscapes from comfortable sandy beaches and steep, narrow paved streets to inhospitable mountains rising up from the pasture. Ideal for a beach vacation, Corsica offers adventures on and off the sand, including scuba diving, sailing, and hiking. Enjoy a rugged mountain adventure by sightseeing along the famous Grande Randonnée (GR) 20 path. For an intense view of the island and the jagged coastline from the water, rent a boat to travel around the island or charter a cruise.