35 days in France, London & Bruges Itinerary

35 days in France, London & Bruges Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colleville-sur-Mer, France
— 2 nights
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Etretat, France
— 2 nights
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Tours, France
— 2 nights
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Rouen, France
— 3 nights
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Reims, France
— 3 nights
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Epernay, France
— 3 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Annecy, France
— 4 nights
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Verzenay, France
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Churchill War Rooms as well as Canterbury Guided Tours. Popular historic sites such as Tower of London and Westminster Abbey are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and take a stroll through Piccadilly Circus.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the London sightseeing app.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport, Southend Airport, London St. Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International Rail Station and Ashford International Rail Station. In April in London, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 40°F at night. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

Paris, France

— 4 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.
You've added The Paris Catacombs, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Luxembourg Gardens, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris attractions planner.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:

Bayeux, France

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes First Normandy Battlefield Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bayeux War Cemetery and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. There's still lots to do: take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and view the masterpieces at Normandie Savoir-Faire.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Bayeux are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Bayeux

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

Colleville-sur-Mer, France

— 2 nights
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, then appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and finally learn about all things military at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Croix de Guerre 5th Engineer Special Brigade, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, then witness the site of a historic battle at Maisy Battery, then learn about all things military at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and finally take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Colleville-sur-Mer online trip itinerary planner.

Colleville-sur-Mer is very close to Bayeux. In April in Colleville-sur-Mer, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

Etretat, France

— 2 nights
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins d'Etretat, head outdoors with Cote d'Albatre, then take in the dramatic natural features at Falaises d'Etretat, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Cap Fagnet, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite).

Make your Etretat itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Colleville-sur-Mer to Etretat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

Tours, France

— 2 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de Villandry, Chateau de Langeais and Chateau Royal d'Amboise. On the 27th (Tue), admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chateau de Villandry, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais, and finally see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Chateau Gaudrelle, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and then learn about winemaking at Domaine Huet.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tours online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Tours takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Tours are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

Rouen, France

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou, wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, contemplate the long history of Gros-Horloge, then make a trip to Parlement de Normandie, then admire the striking features of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Maclou's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Caresse de Tigre, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Jumieges, then delve into the lush surroundings at Roumare Forest, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

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

You can drive from Tours to Rouen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Reims.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:

Reims, France

— 3 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Your day by day itinerary now includes La Maison Mumm as well as La Vigne du Roy Champagne Day Tours. Get some historical perspective at Palais du Tau and Basilique Saint-Remi. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Budding, play a few rounds at Ugolf Reims-Bezannes, see the interesting displays at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Reims trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Reims takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Reims can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Epernay.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

Epernay, France

— 3 nights

Capital of Champagne

Best known for its Champagne production, Épernay is a small town featuring several famous brands, including Moët & Chandon, that have been aged in the miles of tunneled cellars carved from chalk rock beneath the town.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Boutique Champagne Perrier-Jouet, Billecart-Salmon and Champagne J. De Telmont. Go for a jaunt from Epernay to Rouvres-les-vignes to see Champagne Claude Perrard about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Champagne DOMI, stop by Champagne Janisson Baradon et Fils, make a trip to Avenue de Champagne, and get a taste of local nightlife at Champagne Boizel - Atelier 1834.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Epernay trip planner.

Getting from Reims to Epernay by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. May in Epernay sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Epernay

Wineries · Tours · Classes · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Strasbourg, France

— 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to Barrage Vauban, then stop by La Petite France, then get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg, then stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie, and then admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Strasbourg.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg driving holiday planner.

Getting from Epernay to Strasbourg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Annecy, France

— 4 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Visiting Lake Annecy and La Tournette will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ville Ancienne and Musee Chateau. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Fier, take in the views from Pont des Amours, don't miss a visit to Notre-Dame de Liesse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Annecy tour itinerary builder app.

Drive from Strasbourg to Annecy in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Verzenay.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 13:

Verzenay, France

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Foret Domaniale de Verzy, then head outdoors with Les Faux de Verzy, and then visit a coastal fixture at Le Phare de Vezernay.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Verzenay online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Verzenay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Verzenay can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Verzenay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Gravensteen, Legends Free Walking Tours and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Jacobskerk, step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, look for gifts at Bookz & Booze, then contemplate the long history of Brugse Vrije, and finally gain insight with Legends Free Walking Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of the Holy Blood, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally steep yourself in history at The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bruges tour planner.

Traveling by car from Verzenay to Bruges takes 3.5 hours. May in Bruges sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

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.

Normandy travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.