45 days in France Itinerary

45 days in France Itinerary

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Biarritz
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Angers
— 4 nights
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Vannes
— 3 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Honfleur
— 4 nights
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Paris
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Biarritz

— 2 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, stroll through La Cote des Basques, don't miss a visit to Phare de Biarritz, then appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chateau Observatoire Abbadia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Hendaye, then stop by L'Atelier du Piment, then take an in-depth tour of Villa Arnaga, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basque Museum (Musee Basque).

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Biarritz trip planner.

New York City, USA to Biarritz is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In August, Biarritz is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 77°F and lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Biarritz

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 4 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cité de Carcassonne and Aeroscopia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Chateau Royale de Collioure. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau) and Eglise Notre Dame des Anges (in Collioure). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Peyrepertuse, and steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Biarritz to Carcassonne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Biarritz in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Avignon

— 4 nights

City of Popes

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palais des Papes and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Sentier des Ocres and Chateau des Baux de Provence. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Chateau La Coste en Provence (in Le Puy-Sainte-Reparade), Mines de Bruoux (in Gargas) and Aix-en-Provence (Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre & Cours Mirabeau). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Roman Theatre of Orange, take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez

— 3 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Discover out-of-the-way places like Abbaye du Thoronet and Heraclee Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de l'Escalet and Plage de Vergeron. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Tropez: Plage du Debarquement (in La Croix-Valmer), Le Lavandou (Plage de Cavaliere, Plage de Jean Blanc, &more) and Plage de la Faviere (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). It doesn't end there: stroll through Plage de Sylvabelle and kick back and relax at Plage de la Nartelle.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Tropez online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Avignon to Saint-Tropez in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Saint-Tropez are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nice

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Vieille Ville and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Le Suquet, La Croisette, &more), Le Petit Vigneau Winery (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Antibes (Notre-Dame de Bon Port & Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Ville medieval, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice holiday planner.

Drive from Saint-Tropez to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. When traveling from Saint-Tropez in August, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina. On your second day here, get outside with Plage du Grand Sperone, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, then take a leisurely stroll along Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, and finally kick back and relax at Plage de Canetto.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bonifacio online holiday builder.

Fly from Nice to Bonifacio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Bonifacio: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Angers.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Angers

— 4 nights

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau d'Angers. You'll explore and learn at Musee des Blindes and Chateau de Brissac. Change things up with these side-trips from Angers: La Forteresse de Montbazon (in Montbazon), Le Cadre Noir (in Saumur) and Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier (in Louresse-Rochemenier). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and get in on the family fun at Terra Botanica.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Angers trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Angers takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bonifacio in August: high temperatures in Angers hover around 76°F and lows are around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vannes.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Vannes

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Gulf

Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
Visit Ville Close de Concarneau and Domaine de Suscinio for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centre Historique de Vannes and Cite Medievale de Guerande. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vannes: Sous-Marin Flore (in Lorient), Saint Corentin Cathedral (in Quimper) and Centre Historique de Pont-Aven (in Pont-Aven). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Remparts, step aboard Cimetiere de Bateaux de KERHERVY, steep yourself in history at Le Grand Blockhaus, and take in the waterfront at Port De St Goustan.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vannes trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Angers to Vannes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Angers in August, expect nights in Vannes to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Vannes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 3 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Pointe du Grouin and Fort La Latte - Chateau de la Roche Goyon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centre Historique and Plage du Sillon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Malo: Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James), Chateau de Fougeres (in Fougeres) and Abbaye de Beauport (in Paimpol). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fort National, pick up some local products at Marche aux Huitres, visit a coastal fixture at Cap Fréhel, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Malo road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Vannes to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Normandy American Cemetery and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Get some cultural insight at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Pointe du Hoc. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Hotel de Beaumont (in Valognes), D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux travel route tool.

Drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Honfleur

— 4 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Relax by the water at Deauville Beach and Plage de Trouville. Venture out of the city with trips to Palais Benedictine (in Fecamp), Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre (in Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux) and Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers, Falaises d'Etretat, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Joseph, take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, make a trip to Vieux Bassin, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Honfleur using our trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Honfleur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Paris

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau Royal de Blois and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles, The Royal Chapel, &more) and Orléans Cathedral (in Orleans). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris visit planner.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.