34 days in France Itinerary

34 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route planner

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Versailles
— 1 night
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Colmar
— 1 night
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Calvi
— 1 night
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Cannes
— 3 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Arles
— 2 nights
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Montpellier
— 1 night
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Biarritz
— 2 nights
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Saint-Malo
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Versailles

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, then explore the galleries of Fondation Claude Monet, then admire the striking features of The Hall of Mirrors, and finally contemplate the long history of The Trianons & The Hamlet.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Versailles trip planner.

London, UK to Versailles is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:

Paris

— 4 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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planning website.

Drive from Versailles to Paris in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Colmar.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:

Colmar

— 1 night

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): wander the streets of Little Venice, learn about winemaking at Domaine Humbrecht 1619, then don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, and finally learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Colmar online tour planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Colmar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Colmar sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Lyon

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and finally walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon travel route planning site.

You can fly from Colmar to Lyon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Lyon sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Calvi

— 1 night
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste, then contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Calvi trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Calvi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Calvi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Calvi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Nice

— 4 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.
Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nice tour builder app.

You can fly from Calvi to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Nice are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:

Cannes

— 3 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Change things up with a short trip to Massif de l'Esterel in Agay (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso, visit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), make a trip to Galerie Lifetime Gallery, and browse the fresh offerings at Marche Forville.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cannes vacation planner.

Getting from Nice to Cannes by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April in Cannes, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Cannes

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:

Saint-Tropez

— 3 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Tropez: Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres), La Londe Les Maures (Dune La Londe & Domaine du Jasson) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas & La Certosa di La Verne). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee des Troupes de Marine, take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, stop by Port Grimaud, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Grimaud.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saint-Tropez online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Saint-Tropez takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Saint-Tropez are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Trolib (in Cassis), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Marseille takes 2 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 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 25th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Mas de la Comtesse, delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, then identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Arles trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Arles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Arles, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Arles

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

Montpellier

— 1 night
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Pierre, then admire the striking features of Palais de Justice, and then do a tasting at Bertrand Bosc.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Montpellier trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Arles to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Montpellier

Wineries · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:
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Toulouse

— 3 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Get out of town with these interesting Toulouse side-trips: Carcassonne Center (Eglise Saint-Nazaire, Cité de Carcassonne, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, slough off your stress at Le Riad du Bien etre, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Toulouse journey planner.

You can drive from Montpellier to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Toulouse are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

Bordeaux

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 1st (Sat), admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and finally admire the masterpieces at CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): stop by LivroZenfan, snap pictures at Pont de Pierre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

Biarritz

— 2 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then make a trip to La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take a leisurely stroll along Promenade Jacques Thibaud, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chateau Observatoire Abbadia.

To see maps and other tourist information, use the Biarritz online trip planner.

Drive from Bordeaux to Biarritz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Biarritz are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Biarritz

Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

Saint-Malo

— 1 night
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): hike along GR 34, don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, get outside with Dinard Emeraude Equitation, then examine the collection at Musee des Amis des Bisquines et du Vieux Cancale, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Biarritz to Saint-Malo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Biarritz in May since evenings lows in Saint-Malo dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

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.

Corsica travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Historic Sites
The island paradise of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea is a mosaic of diverse landscapes from comfortable sandy beaches and steep, narrow paved streets to inhospitable mountains rising up from the pasture. Ideal for a beach vacation, Corsica offers adventures on and off the sand, including scuba diving, sailing, and hiking. Enjoy a rugged mountain adventure by sightseeing along the famous Grande Randonnée (GR) 20 path. For an intense view of the island and the jagged coastline from the water, rent a boat to travel around the island or charter a cruise.

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Beaches · Historic Sites
On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.

Brittany travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.