32 days in France Itinerary

32 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Drive
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Le Lavandou
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cassis
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux
— 5 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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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.
Get outdoors at Lérins Islands and Castel Plage. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette) and Riviera fly-fishing (in Roquefort les Pins). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nice holiday planning site.

London, UK to Nice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in Nice reach 32°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 5 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get outdoors at TakSea and Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer). We've included these beaches for you: Calanque de Maubois and Plage de Guerrevieille. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Tanneron (Forcerie Vial & Lac de Saint-Cassien), Sainte-Maxime (Plage de la Nartelle & Zipline) and Eco Gliss (in Les Issambres). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Abel Baliff Beach, kick back and relax at Plage du Chateau, make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, and hike along La Pointe de l'Aiguille.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael sightseeing planner.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Saint-Raphael, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Le Lavandou.
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Le Lavandou — 5 nights

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. You'll get in some beach time at Plage de Jean Blanc and Plage de Vergeron. Take a break from the city and head to Dune La Londe and Plage de Sylvabelle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Le Lavandou: La Croix-Valmer (Heraclee Beach, Plage du Debarquement, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Plage de Cavaliere, do a tasting at Figuiere, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage d'Aiguebelle.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Le Lavandou online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Le Lavandou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Le Lavandou, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cassis.
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Cassis — 4 nights

Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Calanque d'En-Vau and Plage de l'Almanarre. Appreciate the collections at Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne and Aquarium de l'Institut oceanographique Paul Ricard. Explore Cassis' surroundings by going to Plage de la Courtade (in Porquerolles Island) and Hyeres (Vertical Horizon, Sentier Sous Marin, &more). There's more to do: surround yourself with nature on Trolib and stroll through Bestouan Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cassis travel planning website.

You can drive from Le Lavandou to Cassis in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Cassis can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 5 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.
Let the collections at Lascaux Caves 4 and Lascaux II capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Reignac and Chateau de Monbazillac. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint-Emilion (Chateau Cantenac, Chateau Laniote, &more), Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich) and Hydrosphere Plongee (in Gujan-Mestras). The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Bergerac Wine Tours, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bridoire, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and learn about winemaking at Chateau Lestevenie.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cassis to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cassis in August, expect Bordeaux to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and then don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, take an in-depth tour of Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Grolejac.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Bordeaux in September, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 6 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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and stop by Le Marais.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Getting from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Paris by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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Dordogne travel guide

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Castles · Caves · Landmarks
Because this region has escaped overdevelopment, Dordogne is one of France's best kept secrets with historical châteaux, medieval fortresses, prehistoric cave paintings, and Roman remains sprinkled throughout. Legendary stone villages with golden stone houses make this region seem a little like a cross between a fairy tale and a movie set. Canoeing down the River Dordogne is a fantastic way to tour the region, and there are many areas where you can walk, hike, and do your sightseeing on foot. This region, which roughly corresponds with the ancient county of Périgord, remains quite rural and known for its wonderful pâtés.
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