28 days in France & Croatia Itinerary

28 days in France & Croatia Itinerary

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28 days in France & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
+3
Fly + Train + Foot + Train:  28​h
1
Rouen, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Tours, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
4
La Rochelle, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Lourdes, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Albi, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Lille, France
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  4​h
8
Mulhouse, France
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  9​h 15​min
9
Rovinj, Croatia
— 7 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Brisbane, Australia


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1
night
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Jumieges, walk around Chateau d'Etelan, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Corderie Vallois, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Rue du Gros-Horloge. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Historial Jeanne d’Arc.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Rouen trip itinerary maker .

Brisbane, Australia to Rouen is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Brisbane in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Rouen, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau d'Etelan, Musee de la Corderie Vallois, Abbaye de Jumieges
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Historial Jeanne d’Arc ©
Historial Jeanne d’Arc
Abbaye de Jumieges
Abbaye de Jumieges
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Airborne Museum and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) (in Ranville) and D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, get engrossed in the history at Juno Beach Centre, and contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Bayeux trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Bayeux are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, Memorial de Caen, Juno Beach Centre, Pointe du Hoc
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Pegasus Memorial ©
Pegasus Memorial
Airborne Museum ©
Airborne Museum
Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer ©

3
nights
Tours, France

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee des Blindes and Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale and Chateau du Petit Thouars. Change things up with a short trip to Chateau de Cheverny in Cheverny (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Blois, and admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry.

Start your trip to Tours by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Tours takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Musee des Blindes, Chateau de Villandry, Chateau Royal de Blois, La Forteresse de Montbazon, Chateau de Cheverny
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Cathedrale Saint-Gatien ©
Cathedrale Saint-Gatien
Musee des Blindes ©
Musee des Blindes
Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale ©
Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale

2
nights
La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the activities along Vieux Port, then enjoy the sea views from Phare des Baleines, then don't miss a visit to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, and finally examine the collection at Association Hermione-La Fayette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Reserve Naturelle Michel Brosselin, learn about all things military at Musee De L'ecole De Medecine Navale, then steep yourself in history at Les Halles de Rochefort, and finally examine the collection at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois.

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

Traveling by train from Tours to La Rochelle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in La Rochelle sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rochefort, Reserve Naturelle Michel Brosselin, Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, Phare des Baleines
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
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Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois ©
Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois
Association Hermione-La Fayette ©
Association Hermione-La Fayette
Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines

2
nights
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Château de Pau, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, then admire the masterpieces at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of SARL DU SANCTUAIRE. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Musee du Gemmail, get engrossed in the history at Musee Sainte-Bernadette, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de Piétat, then don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint-Felix de Gerone, and finally don't miss a visit to Boulevard des Pyrenees.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lourdes vacation planner .

You can drive from La Rochelle to Lourdes in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Lourdes sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Albi.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pau, Eglise Saint-Felix de Gerone, Chapelle de Piétat
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:
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Chateau Fort of Lourdes ©
Chateau Fort of Lourdes
Château de Pau ©
Château de Pau
Boulevard des Pyrenees
Boulevard des Pyrenees

2
nights
Albi, France

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 30th (Tue), examine the collection at Musee-Mine Departemental, see the interesting displays at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Saut du Tarn, then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Nadine Granier, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Dreche, explore the world behind art at Le Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, then do a tasting at Clos Rocailleux, then explore the world behind art at Musee Charles Portal, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Albi road trip planning tool .

Drive from Lourdes to Albi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Albi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lille.

Things to do in Albi

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Cordes-sur-Ciel, Clos Rocailleux, Musee du Saut du Tarn
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
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Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec
Musee du Saut du Tarn ©
Musee du Saut du Tarn
Musee-Mine Departemental ©
Musee-Mine Departemental

1
night
Lille, France

Lille ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Centre historique minier - Musee de la Mine, then get engrossed in the history at Carriere Wellington, then see the interesting displays at Musée du Louvre-Lens, and finally take in the exciting artwork at musee le Louvre lens. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, wander the streets of Vieux-Lille, then see the interesting displays at Musee La Piscine, then get engrossed in the history at Steenmeulen, and finally see the interesting displays at Maison de la Bataille de la Peene.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Lille driving holiday planner .

Fly from Albi to Lille in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Albi in May, you will find days in Lille are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mulhouse.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lens, Carriere Wellington, Musee La Piscine, Maison de la Bataille de la Peene, Centre historique minier - Musee de la Mine
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Musee La Piscine ©
Musee La Piscine
Musée du Louvre-Lens ©
Musée du Louvre-Lens

2
nights
Mulhouse, France

Mulhouse ©
An industrial town nicknamed "the French Manchester," Mulhouse is famous for its Peugeot factory, esteemed museums, Alsace wine, and cultural riches.
On the 4th (Sat), examine the collection at Cite de l'Automobile, see the interesting displays at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer, and then take an in-depth tour of Forge-musee. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Old Town, then explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, and then learn about all things military at Musee Serret.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Mulhouse itinerary planner.

Getting from Lille to Mulhouse by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Mulhouse are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Mulhouse

Museums

Side Trips

Colmar, Musee Serret, Forge-musee
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Cite de l'Automobile ©
Cite de l'Automobile
Musée d'Unterlinden ©
Musée d'Unterlinden

7
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Port of Rovinj and Church of St. Euphemia. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ethnographic Museum and Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum. Venture out of the city with trips to Porec (Euphrasius Basilica, Damjanic Wines, & more), Muzej Lapidarium (in Novigrad) and Traktor Story (in Nova Vas). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum Olei Histriae, look and learn at Visnjan Observatory, wander the streets of Riva, and explore the historical opulence of Kastrum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rovinj travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Mulhouse to Rovinj in 10 hours. Another option is to fly. In May in Rovinj, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. You will leave for home on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Rovinj

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pula, Porec, Vodnjan, Visnjan, Ethnographic Museum
Find places to stay May 5 — 13:
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Benazic Winery ©
Benazic Winery
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Euphrasius Basilica ©
Euphrasius Basilica

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