35 days in France Itinerary

35 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France attractions planner

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Rouen
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Paris

— 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Le Marais, and stop by Montmartre.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Helsinki, Finland to Paris is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Paris. Traveling from Helsinki in April, expect Paris to be somewhat warmer, temps between 18°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Find places to stay Apr 3 — 8:

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur), Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre) and Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, relax and rejuvenate at Samaris, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen travel planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Reserve Ornithologique Du Gros Banc (in Merville-Franceville-Plage), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Deauville Beach (in Deauville City). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): head outdoors with Avel Char, then trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and then meet the residents at Zoo de Champrepus. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel and then make a trip to Pointe du Grouin du Sud.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel tour planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 5 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix), Parc Le Bournat (in Le Bugue) and La Ferme de Vigne Haute (in Reilhac). There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers, steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, and stroll through Gouffre de Padirac.

Start your trip to Sarlat-la-Caneda by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in April, expect nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 22:

Carcassonne

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, make a trip to La Porte D'aude, then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Place Gambetta, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Place Carnot.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carcassonne trip site.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

Avignon

— 4 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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Promenade a Cheval La Marisma) and Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin d'Alcinoos.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Avignon tour planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:

Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Paul Cezanne’s Studio (in Aix-en-Provence) and Trolib (in Cassis). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille visit planner.

Drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Marseille, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:

Nice

— 6 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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nice online day trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 7:

France travel guide

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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.