36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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36 days in France Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Paris
— 10 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bayeux
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6​h
4
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Avignon
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
6
Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Nice
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Bangkok

10
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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's much more to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary maker site .

Bangkok, Thailand to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Bangkok to Paris, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 17:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Honfleur (Saint Catherine's Catholic Church & Vieux Bassin), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Calvados Boulard (in Coquainvilliers). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and make a trip to Vieux.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rouen day trip site .

Traveling by bus from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Rouen, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Honfleur, Fondation Claude Monet, Calvados Boulard, Falaises d'Etretat
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Bayeux is known for museums, historic sites, parks, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and appreciate the history behind Monument des Deportes.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Bayeux sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Memorial de Caen, Normandy American Cemetery
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

3
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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, museums, nature, wineries, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at Chateau Guery, admire the masterpieces at La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco, and hit the slopes at Station de Ski Montclar.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Carcassonne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mount Perdu
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Mount Perdu ©
Mount Perdu

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Atelier et Musee du Santon (in Collobrieres), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Musee Estrine (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, learn about winemaking at Domaine Albin Jacumin, don't miss a visit to Place Maurice Charretier, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Avignon online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Avignon are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Carpentras, Beaumes-de-Venise, Domaine Albin Jacumin, Musee Estrine, Carrieres des Lumieres
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

3
nights
Marseille

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and head off the coast to Chateau d'If.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip planning tool .

Take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Avignon in December: highs in Marseille hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Laser game Evolution
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael is known for wildlife, historic sites, adventure, casinos, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and let little ones run wild at Total Xscape.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Fun & Games Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions, Notre Dame d‘Afrique
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Total Xscape ©
Total Xscape
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael ©

5
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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Musee Picasso (in Antibes), La Croisette (in Cannes) and La Petite Cave de Saint Paul (in St-Paul-de-Vence). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nice holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Antibes, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, La Petite Cave de Saint Paul, La Croisette
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:
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Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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