39 days in France Itinerary

39 days in France Itinerary

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39 days in France Itinerary

Start: Lyon
Train:  3 h 30 min
1
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Avignon
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Nice
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Subway + Bus:  6 h 15 min
5
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Colleville-sur-Mer
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Rouen
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
8
Paris
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h
End: Lyon

3
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Cité de Carcassonne and Cathar Castles. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of La Cite Medievale, steep yourself in history at Memorial House (Maison des Memoires), ponder the design of Place Carnot, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Gimer Church.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne route app .

Lyon to Carcassonne is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of tram, flight, and train. In février, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

4
nights
Avignon

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.
Palais des Papes and Eglise Sainte-Marthe de Tarascon will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Barbegal Watermill), Porte Condamine Tarascon City Gate (in Tarascon) and Site Archeologique de Glanum (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Denis, contemplate the long history of Le Fort de Buoux, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon travel route website .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In février in Avignon, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tarascon, Oppede, Apt, Arles, Abbaye Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux
Highlights from your plan
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Notre Dame du Mai. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Mystery Games, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Virtual Room Toulon (in La Valette-du-Var) and Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Anglicane, tour the pleasant surroundings at Foret de Roustagnon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and hunt for treasures at Marche sur Bormes les Mimosas.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marseille online trip builder .

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In février, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Aix-en-Provence, Hyeres, Six-Fours-les-Plages, Eglise Saint Francois de Paule
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste ©
Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste

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.
Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Église Saint Veran are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: 365 Fromages (in Valbonne), Villa Rothschild - Mediatheque Noailles (in Cannes) and Villa Eilenroc (in Antibes). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, explore the historical opulence of Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille, and take in the spiritual surroundings of La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In février, daytime highs in Nice are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Grimaud, St-Paul-de-Vence, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Antibes, Utelle
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Église Saint Veran ©
Église Saint Veran
Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste

4
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Get some historical perspective at Mont Saint-Michel and Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes. Get out of town with these interesting Mont-Saint-Michel side-trips: Parc des Forges de Varenne (in Champsecret), Prison Royale (in Tinchebray) and Domfront (Eglise Saint-Julien, Chateau de Domfront, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Saint-Charles-de-Percy War Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Chapelle du Souvenir, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Menil-Gondouin, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Montgommery.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nice in mars; daily highs in Mont-Saint-Michel reach 13°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Domfront, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, Prison Royale, Eglise Saint-Quentin, Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Eglise Saint-Quentin ©
Eglise Saint-Quentin

5
nights
Colleville-sur-Mer

Colleville-sur-Mer ©
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Normandy American Cemetery and German War Cemetery Marigny. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colleville-sur-Mer: Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont & Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach), Hotel de Beaumont (in Valognes) and La Chapelle des Marins (in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, and witness the site of a historic battle at Kunstlicher Hafen.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colleville-sur-Mer route builder website .

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Colleville-sur-Mer in 2 hours. In mars, daytime highs in Colleville-sur-Mer are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Le Manoir d'Argouges, La Chapelle des Marins, Eglise Saint Martin
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

5
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Bayeux War Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery (in Banneville-la-Campagne), Caen (Abbaye aux Dames & Eglise du Vieux Saint Sauveur) and Hermanville War Cemetery (in Hermanville-sur-mer). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Saint-Sever, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Patrice, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rouen trip planner.

You can drive from Colleville-sur-Mer to Rouen in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In mars, daytime highs in Rouen are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei, Bazenville, Bayeux, Caen, Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery ©
Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery

7
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 Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip app .

You can take a bus from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. mars in Paris sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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