58 days in Northern Portugal & France Itinerary

58 days in Northern Portugal & France Itinerary

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58 days in Northern Portugal & France Itinerary

Start: Cardiff, United Kingdom
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  6​h
1
Porto, Portugal
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
2
Carcassonne Center, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Nice, France
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Saint-Raphael, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Marseille, France
— 5 nights
6
Avignon, France
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Rouen, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Etretat, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Bayeux, France
— 6 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
10
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 4 nights
bus + train:  5​h 15​min
11
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Cardiff, United Kingdom

6
nights
Porto, Portugal

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Dedicate the 1st (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis.

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

Cardiff, UK to Porto is an approximately 6-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cardiff in April, with highs in Porto at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

1
night
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
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 7th (Tue): do a tasting at O'Vineyards, then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and then wander the streets of Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne. On your second day here, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and then make a trip to Cité de Carcassonne.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Porto to Carcassonne Center takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Carcassonne Center. May in Carcassonne Center sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

O'Vineyards, La cité médiévale
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

7
nights
Nice, France

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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette), Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins) and Antibes (Villa Eilenroc & Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Carcassonne Center to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; 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 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Antibes, Cannes, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Galerie Lifetime Gallery
Find places to stay May 8 — 15:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

5
nights
Saint-Raphael, France

Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau Saint-Maur Cru Classe (in Cogolin), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas, Eglise Saint-Trophyme., & more) and Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron).

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Frejus, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Kelys, Jet 007, Chateau Saint-Maur Cru Classe
Find places to stay May 15 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Mont Vinaigre ©
Mont Vinaigre

5
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
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: Calanque de Port-Miou (in Cassis), La Ciotat (Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde, Musee des Chantiers Naval, & more) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Musee Granet). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire, don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentier Jean Francois Jube.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Marseille sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Ciotat, Cassis, Aix-en-Provence, Eglise Saint Louis, Montagne Sainte Victoire
Find places to stay May 20 — 25:
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5
nights
Avignon, France

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Musee du Patrimoine d'Eyragues (in Eyragues) and Atelier et Musee du Santon (in Collobrieres). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, explore and take pictures at Arenes de Nimes, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Avignon road trip planning tool .

Take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Carrieres des Lumieres, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Arenes de Nimes, La Petite Ferme, Musee du Patrimoine d'Eyragues
Find places to stay May 25 — 30:
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Bertrand Bosc ©
Bertrand Bosc
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

5
nights
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Venture out of the city with trips to Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy), Giverny (Musee de Mecanique Naturelle & Fondation Claude Monet) and Atelier galerie du bord de Seine (in Poses). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de Bois-Guilbert, find something for the whole family at Cahem, and head outdoors with Le Circuit de Decouverte.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip maker .

Getting from Avignon to Rouen by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Avignon in May, expect Rouen to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Rouen

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Giverny, Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, Golf du Champ de Bataille, Atelier galerie du bord de Seine, Le Circuit de Decouverte
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 4:
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Atelier galerie du bord de Seine ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

5
nights
Etretat, France

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Explore Etretat's surroundings by going to Veules-les-Roses (La Plage, Les Cressonnieres, & more) and Cimetiere Militaire de Saint Valery en Caux (in Saint-Valery-en-Caux). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Falaises d'Etretat, explore and take pictures at La Ferme aux Escargots, get outside with Cote d'Albatre, and don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Etretat trip builder site .

You can drive from Rouen to Etretat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Etretat are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Etretat

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Fecamp, Veules-les-Roses, La Ferme aux Escargots, Plage Du Tilleul, Plage-Baignade Yport
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 9:
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Golf d'Etretat ©
Golf d'Etretat
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers

6
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
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: Jardins en Hommage a Jacques Prevert (in Saint-Germain-des-Vaux), Centre Aquatique Ocealis (in Beaumont-Hague) and port du Hable (in Omonville-la-Rogue). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Grottes de Jobourg, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and head outdoors with Piscine de Bagnoles de l'Orne.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Etretat to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Jardins en Hommage a Jacques Prevert, Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus), Centre Aquatique Ocealis, Le Havre de Portbail, Piscine de Bagnoles de l'Orne
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 15:
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American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

4
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Get out of town with these interesting Mont-Saint-Michel side-trips: Chateau De La Biere (in Lonlay-l'Abbaye), Plage du Plat Gousset (in Granville) and Parc des Forges de Varenne (in Champsecret). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, walk around Parc Regional Basse Normandie, have some family-friendly fun at Event Park, and take in the local highlights with Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Vains, Genets, Chateau De La Biere, Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Parc des Forges de Varenne ©
Parc des Forges de Varenne

6
nights
Paris, France

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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 26:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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