37 days in France Itinerary

37 days in France Itinerary

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37 days in France Itinerary

Start: London
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Paris
— 5 nights
2
Bayeux
— 6 nights
3
Guerande
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Fougeres-sur-Bievre
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Carcassonne
— 5 nights
7
Avignon
— 5 nights
8
Nice
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: London

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Île de la Cité and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Paris Catacombs and Champs-Elysees. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and make a trip to Louvre Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paris travel route planning site .

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. While traveling from London, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Versailles, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

6
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Discover out-of-the-way places like German Cemetery La Cambe and Bayeux War Cemetery. Get some historical perspective at Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) and Remains Mulberry Harbour. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Paris to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in July, things will get a bit cooler in Bayeux: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Guerande.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

German Cemetery La Cambe, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Remains Mulberry Harbour, American Cemetery & Memorial, German War Cemetery Marigny
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

3
nights
Guerande

Guerande ©
Guérande is a medieval town located in the département of Loire-Atlantique in western France. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old City Walls of Vannes and Rochefort-en-terre. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Suscinio and Collegiale Saint-Aubin. Venture out of the city with trips to Centre Historique de Vannes (in Vannes), Carnac stones (in Carnac) and Port De St Goustan (in Auray). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Cite Medievale de Guerande, don't miss a visit to Pointe du Conguel, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Careil.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Guerande trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Guerande takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July in Guerande, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Fougeres-sur-Bievre.

Things to do in Guerande

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vannes, Port De St Goustan, Carnac stones, Pointe du Conguel, Rochefort-en-terre
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Old City Walls of Vannes ©
Old City Walls of Vannes
Rochefort-en-terre ©
Rochefort-en-terre
Chateau de Suscinio ©
Chateau de Suscinio

1
night
Fougeres-sur-Bievre

Fougeres-sur-Bievre ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fougeres-sur-Bievre.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fougeres-sur-Bievre trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Guerande to Fougeres-sur-Bievre in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Fougeres-sur-Bievre

Historic Sites
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Chateau de Fougeres-sur-Bievre ©
Chateau de Fougeres-sur-Bievre

5
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Roc de Cazelle and The Maison Forte de Reignac. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Bridoire and Chateau de Castelnaud. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Grotte du Pech-Merle (in Cabrerets), Rocamadour (Cite Religieuse & La Foret des Singes) and Le Chateau de Belves (in Belves). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Front, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Commarque.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner .

Drive from Fougeres-sur-Bievre to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Fougeres-sur-Bievre in July, expect nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Rocamadour, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, Le Chateau de Fenelon, Le Chateau de Belves
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Vieux Sarlat
Vieux Sarlat
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathar Castles and Château de Salses. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Queribus and Chateau Comtal. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: The Royal Castle (Chateau Royal) (in Collioure), Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and Abbaye de Fontfroide (in Narbonne). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent's Church, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Peyrepertuse, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere De La Conte.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, Carcassonne is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Peyrepertuse, Chateau de Queribus, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Château de Salses, The Royal Castle (Chateau Royal)
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Chateau de Peyrepertuse ©
Chateau de Peyrepertuse
Chateau de Queribus ©
Chateau de Queribus

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Roman Theatre of Orange and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Palais des Papes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gorges de l'Ardeche, and admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Avignon are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, Roman Theatre of Orange, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Gorges de l'Ardeche
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Chateau des Baux de Provence ©
Chateau des Baux de Provence
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes ©
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes

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.
Get some historical perspective at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and La Croisette. Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee du Parfum Fragonard. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres), Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Old Town) and Mandelieu-la-Napoule (Scuba & Snorkeling & Swim with Dolphins). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro, and explore the world behind art at Palais Lascaris.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip site .

You can drive from Avignon to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in August, expect nights in Nice to be somewhat warmer, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Antibes, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Musee du Parfum Fragonard, Ville medieval, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes ©

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