36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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36 days in France Itinerary

Start: Boston
+3
Fly + Bus + Subway + Bus:  14 h 30 min
1
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Bayeux
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Paris
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Nice
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Hyeres
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Marseille
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Boston

3
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Get out of town with these interesting Mont-Saint-Michel side-trips: Chapelle Saint-Michel (in Mortain), Musee du poire (in Barenton) and Golf de Vire la Dathee (in Saint Manvieu Bocage). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel, enjoy the sea views from Pointe du Roc, hike along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary site.

Boston, USA to Mont-Saint-Michel is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Mont-Saint-Michel due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Boston in March, with highs in Mont-Saint-Michel at 52°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors Historic Sites Golf

Side Trips

Granville, Musee du poire, Golf de Vire la Dathee, Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, Chapelle Saint-Michel
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

5
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat), Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise) and Les Dominicaines, Espace Culturel & Artotheque (in Pont-L'Eveque). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, head outdoors with Norman'Air, try your luck at Hippodrome de Clairefontaine, and brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online trip maker.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Honfleur, Etretat, Colleville-sur-Mer, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Reserve Ornithologique Du Gros Banc
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris route planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Villa Maria Serena (in Menton), Villa Eilenroc (in Antibes) and Cannes (Marche Forville & Marche Gambetta). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nice online trip maker.

Getting from Paris to Nice by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Antibes, Cannes, Place de la Cremaillere, Villa Maria Serena
Highlights from your plan
SENSAS Nice ©
SENSAS Nice
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

4
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Marines de Cogolin (in Cogolin), Seillans (Domaine Val d'Iris & La Ferme des Cairns) and Sainte-Maxime (Zipline, Kelys, &more).

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Saint-Raphael online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Saint-Raphael, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Frejus, Sainte-Maxime, Seillans, Marines de Cogolin, Massif du Tanneron
Highlights from your plan
Massif du Tanneron ©
Massif du Tanneron
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
La Ferme des Cairns ©
La Ferme des Cairns

5
nights
Hyeres

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Moulin de Paillas (in Ramatuelle), Ecuries d'Entrecolles (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Six-Fours-les-Plages (Port du Brusc, Var Lamas, &more). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Sentier sous marin, relax in the rural setting at Domaine du Jasson, go for a stroll along the water at Port du Niel, and stroll through Sentier Littoral.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hyeres online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in April, plan for slightly colder days in Hyeres, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Six-Fours-les-Plages, Le Lavandou, Domaine du Jasson
Highlights from your plan
Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas ©
Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas
Sentier sous marin ©
Sentier sous marin
Var Lamas ©
Var Lamas

5
nights
Marseille

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Foret de Roustagnon (in Bandol) and La Ciotat (Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, Spas, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and make a trip to Les Eclaireurs Sculpteurs Africains.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, La Ciotat, Avignon, Laser game Evolution, Saint Michel Church
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

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