36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 7 nights
Train
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Villeneuve-sur-Lot
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Lille
— 19 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Le Marais, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Paris, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Paris at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 23:

Marseille

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): head off the coast to Chateau d'If, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

Before you visit Marseille, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Paris to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in June, things will get a bit warmer in Marseille: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Villeneuve-sur-Lot.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

Villeneuve-sur-Lot

— 4 nights
Villeneuve-sur-Lot is a town and commune in the southwestern French department of Lot-et-Garonne. Get out of town with these interesting Villeneuve-sur-Lot side-trips: Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix), Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux) and Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac). There's much more to do: expand your horizons at Chateau Feely, stroll through La Foret des Singes, engage your brain at Grotte du Pech-Merle, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre de Padirac.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Villeneuve-sur-Lot trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Villeneuve-sur-Lot by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Villeneuve-sur-Lot when traveling from Marseille in June, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Villeneuve-sur-Lot

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 29:

Bordeaux

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): take in the views from Pont de Pierre, learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac, and then admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip planner.

You can drive from Villeneuve-sur-Lot to Bordeaux in 2 hours. In June in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Lille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Lille

— 19 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lille: Saint-Omer (La Coupole & Saint-Omer Cathedrale), Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage) and Calais Wine Superstore (in Calais). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, contemplate the long history of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, appreciate the history behind Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, and stroll the grounds of Etaples Military Cemetery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lille vacation maker app.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Lille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bordeaux in July, you will find days in Lille are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). On the 20th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 20:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.