36 days in Western Europe Itinerary

36 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Train
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
Bus
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
Train
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Nantes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Train
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Le Quesnoy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 7 nights
Train
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Train to Montelimar Gare Sncf, Bus to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 1 night
Drive
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Millau
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 1 night
Fly to London Stansted Airport, Drive to Chelmsford

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Chateau des Baux de Provence in Les Baux de Provence (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, head off the coast to Chateau d'If, take an in-depth tour of Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary builder app.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Marseille Provence Airport, Nîmes-Arles-Camargue Airport and Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport. April in Marseille sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

Carcassonne

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Perpignan (Cathedrale St-Jean, Centre International du Photojournalisme, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Cite Medievale.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

Bordeaux

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin, snap pictures at Pont de Pierre, and then admire the local landmark of Monument aux Girondins.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:

La Rochelle

— 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Musee Maritime de La Rochelle as well as Croisieres Inter-iles. Take a break from La Rochelle with a short trip to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re in Saint Martin de Re, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, see the interesting displays at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, and make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Rochelle tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Bordeaux to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Bordeaux, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in La Rochelle, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Nantes

— 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Nantes is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, take a stroll through Place Graslin, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Jules Verne.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Nantes trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Nantes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Nantes, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nantes

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. You've now added Normandy Landing Beaches Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: deepen your understanding of the past and present with Normandy Landing Beaches Tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip maker site.

You can drive from Nantes to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In May in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. You will leave for Bayeux on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux route maker app.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Le Quesnoy.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Le Quesnoy

— 2 nights
Le Quesnoy is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.Le Quesnoy's inhabitants are known as Quercitains.EconomyThe town of Le Quesnoy has somehow missed much of the Industrial Revolution. For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Le Quesnoy itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Le Quesnoy takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May in Le Quesnoy, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Le Quesnoy

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Paris

— 7 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chartres Cathedral, Conciergerie, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, and other attractions you added. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and visit Île de la Cité.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip maker website.

Getting from Le Quesnoy to Paris by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 22:

Lyon

— 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.
Step out of Lyon with an excursion to Lake Annecy in Annecy--about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lyon trip planning website.

Fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Lyon, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 1 night
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. You've now added Chauvet Cave to your itinerary. On the 26th (Thu), Head underground at Chauvet Cave.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Vallon-Pont-d'Arc online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Lyon in May, you will find days in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Millau.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Millau

— 1 night

Leather Capital of France

Best known for its sheepskin gloves, Millau was at the head of the French fashion industry for gloves for two centuries.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): experience rural life at Fromagerie Papillon Caves and then take in the views from Viaduc de Millau.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Millau trip planner.

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Millau in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in May; daily highs in Millau reach 21°C and lows reach 8°C. You will leave for Marseille on the 28th (Sat).
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:

Marseille

— 1 night

Gateway to Provence

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major and then visit The Panier.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Millau to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Millau in May, expect Marseille to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 14°C. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.

Ardeche travel guide

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Caves · Canyons · Kayaking & Canoeing