36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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36 days in France Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  25​h
1
Nice
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Marseille
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Avignon
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
5
Paris
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Rouen
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Train + Fly:  30​h
End: Sydney

5
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins), Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take some stellar pictures from Mt Boron.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nice trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Nice. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in Nice hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Antibes, Cannes, Galerie Lifetime Gallery, Eglise St Pierre & Paul
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

4
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Sainte-Maxime (Kelys & Domaine des Beaucas), Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez (in Saint-Tropez) and Seillans (La Ferme des Cairns & Domaine Val d'Iris).

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael trip itinerary 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. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saint-Raphael when traveling from Nice in December, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frejus, Sainte-Maxime, Roquebrune-sur-Argens, Seillans, La Certosa di La Verne
Highlights from your plan
Mont Vinaigre ©
Mont Vinaigre
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Domaine Val d'Iris ©
Domaine Val d'Iris

4
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: Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet), La Cavale (in Cucuron) and Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Musee Granet, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, browse the collection at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, and head outdoors with Cape Canaille.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Marseille vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Marseille sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, La Ciotat, Cimetiere militaire franco-italien, Virtual Room Toulon
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Avignon

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes), Atelier et Musee du Santon (in Collobrieres) and Tapiezo (in Roussillon). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Palais des Papes, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Lourmarin, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Avignon day trip website .

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Marseille in December, expect Avignon to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gordes, Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine, Carrieres des Lumieres, Chateau de Lourmarin
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

5
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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paris road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Avignon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Plage de Benerville sur Mer (in Benerville-sur-Mer), Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur) and Calvados Experience by Pere Magloire (in Pont-L'Eveque). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rouen attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Rouen, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fecamp, Etretat, Fondation Claude Monet, Plage de Benerville sur Mer, Calvados Experience
Highlights from your plan
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Les Halles Medievales (in Dives-sur-Mer), Ranville (Cimetières Militaires & Pegasus Memorial) and Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bayeux are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ranville, Caen, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Ferme de Vailly, Les Halles Medievales
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

3
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then trek along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and then don't miss a visit to La Porte du Roy.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner .

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©

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