43 days in France & Hanoi Itinerary

43 days in France & Hanoi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Versailles, France
— 2 nights
Unknown
2
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Besancon, France
— 7 nights
Drive
4
Annecy, France
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Tournon-sur-Rhone, France
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Avignon, France
— 5 nights
Drive
7
Carcassonne Center, France
— 3 nights
Train
8
Lyon, France
— 4 nights
Train
9
Dijon, France
— 3 nights
Train
10
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly
11
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1

Versailles, France

— 2 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Breteuil, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, and then steep yourself in history at The Trianons & The Hamlet. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Malmaison, then admire the striking features of Le Grand Trianon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles, and finally view the masterpieces at The Royal Chapel.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Versailles trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Sydney, Australia to Versailles is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Versailles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get slightly colder in Versailles: highs are around 18°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Strasbourg, France

— 2 nights

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at La Volerie des Aigles and then step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Strasbourg trip planner.

You can take a train from Versailles to Strasbourg in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. April in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Besancon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Besancon, France

— 7 nights
Proclaimed the first "green city" of France and labeled a "Town of Art and History," Besancon has plentiful mountain and river activities for you to enjoy.
Chateau de Belvoir and Basilique Saint-Pierre will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore La Grande Saline - Musée du Sel and Musee de la Taillanderie. Get out of town with these interesting Besancon side-trips: Musee de l'Horlogerie (in Morteau), Arbois (Eglise Saint-Just d'Arbois & Chocolats Hirsinger) and Villa Palladienne (in Syam). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Maison natale de Victor Hugo, get to know the fascinating history of Square Castan, explore the world behind art at Hotel-Dieu de Lons-le-Saunier, and get curious at Maison natale de Louis Pasteur.

Find out how to plan Besancon trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Besancon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April in Besancon, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Besancon

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Annecy, France

— 4 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Visit Cite Medievale de Conflans and Église Saint-Nicolas de Véroce for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Site Naturel du Cirque de Saint-Meme and Les Pertes de le Valserine. Get out of town with these interesting Annecy side-trips: Le Chemin du Calvaire (in Megeve), Musee de la Boissellerie (in Bois d'Amont) and Eglise Notre Dame de la Gorge (in Les Contamines-Montjoie).

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Annecy trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Besancon to Annecy in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Tournon-sur-Rhone.

Things to do in Annecy

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tournon-sur-Rhone, France

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc des Perroquets, then steep yourself in history at Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee de l'alambic - Distillerie Jean Gauthier. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Crussol, then examine the collection at Musee International de la Chaussure (International Footwear Museum), and then get a taste of the local shopping with Cite du Chocolat Valrhona.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tournon-sur-Rhone online visit planner.

Getting from Annecy to Tournon-sur-Rhone by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Annecy in May, expect Tournon-sur-Rhone to be somewhat warmer, temps between 27°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Tournon-sur-Rhone

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Avignon, France

— 5 nights

City of Popes

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Grignan and Abbaye de Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carrieres des Lumieres and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard), Arles (Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, Eglise St-Trophime, &more) and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde (in Marseille). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, catch a live event at Arenes de Nimes, and steep yourself in history at Porte du Peyrou.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Tournon-sur-Rhone to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center, France

— 3 nights
You'll explore and learn at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses and Abbaye de Soreze. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne and Reserve Africaine de Sigean. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Saissac (in Saissac) and Musee Dom Robert et de la tapisserie du XXe siecle (in Soreze).

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne Center takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 4 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.
Fresque des Lyonnais and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste and Monastere Royal de Brou. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges) and Cluny (Eglise Notre-Dame de Cluny & Abbey of Cluny). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and don't miss a visit to Le Mur Des Canuts.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lyon trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Carcassonne Center to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Lyon are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Dijon, France

— 3 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Fosse Dionne and Chateau of Bussy-Rabutin. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau De Germolles and Chateau de Bazoches. Venture out of the city with trips to Parc des Iles (in Vermenton), Cathedrale Saint Vincent (in Chalon-sur-Saone) and Olivier Leflaive (in Puligny-Montrachet). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Tresor de Vix - Musee du Pays Chatillonnais and steep yourself in history at Maison Milliere.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dijon day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Dijon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dijon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Dijon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Popular historic sites such as Arc de Triomphe and Île de la Cité are in your itinerary. Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Chateau de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau (about 1h 5 min away). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planning app.

You can take a train from Dijon to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 2 nights
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of Literature & National University and Ngoc Son Temple. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), pick up some new knowledge with Indigo Store, and admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hanoi road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Hanoi takes 15.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Paris to Hanoi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.

Carcassonne travel guide

3.9
Castles · Churches · Historic Sites
Medieval Heart of France
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.

For an interesting and fun ride, board a barge that moves along the historic Canal du Midi, leaving from just outside the main train station. Operators provide English commentary on the history of the canal and various sites in the Aude department of the Languedoc-Roussillon region along the way. When you get hungry, a culinary must for you to try is cassoulet, a local dish made from beans, sausage, and duck.