45 days in France Itinerary

45 days in France Itinerary

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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
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Biarritz
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Hyeres
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
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Paris
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 18th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Musee de la Mer et de l'Ecologie, kick back and relax at Beach of Genets, look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue, then don't miss a visit to La Porte du Roy, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip planning tool.

Ottawa, Canada to Mont-Saint-Michel is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Mont-Saint-Michel, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ottawa in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. Get in touch with nature at Deauville Beach and Plage de Benerville sur Mer. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bayeux online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Franqui Beach and Plage de la Grande Conque. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cité de Carcassonne and Domaine Rose et Paul. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Etang Du Doul Et De La Saline (in Peyriac-de-Mer), La Plage du Rouet de La Palme (in La Palme) and Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, stroll through La Plagette, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and skim along the rocks with Eaurizon.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne day trip website.

You can fly from Bayeux to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bayeux in July; daily highs in Carcassonne reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Visit Plan d'eau le Lac Vert and Plage Du Bac De Sors for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Gouffre de Padirac and Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Bergerac Wine Tours (in Eymet), Aquarium du Perigord Noir (in Le Bugue) and Chateau de Bridoire (in Ribagnac). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse, make a trip to Chateau de Commarque, and Head underground at Grotte de Rouffignac.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in July, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Sarlat-la-Caneda. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Biarritz.
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Biarritz — 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Sentier Du Littoral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa Arnaga and Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Biarritz: Chapelle aux Icones. (in Cambo les Bains), Hendaye (Port d'Hendaye, Plage d'Hendaye, &more) and Lourdes (Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, Chateau Fort of Lourdes, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, stop by L'Atelier du Piment, get engrossed in the history at Musee Asiatica, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Biarritz trip builder tool.

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Biarritz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Biarritz, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Avignon.
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Le Sentier des Ocres and Wine Safari. Get a sense of the local culture at Palais des Papes and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. Venture out of the city with trips to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc (Kayaking & Canoeing, Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, &more), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Chateau des Baux de Provence). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, Head underground at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, kick back and relax at Petit Travers Beach, and learn about winemaking at Les Vignerons de Tavel.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Biarritz to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Biarritz in August, you will find days in Avignon are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 3 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.
Visit Bestouan Beach and Plage de la Grande Mer for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Trolib and Chateau d'If. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Cassis (Plage du Corton, Plage de l’Arene, &more) and Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Cours Mirabeau, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, take a stroll through The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and explore the activities along Calanque du Sugiton.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 5 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Escape the urban bustle at Plage de Jean Blanc and Plage noire du Langoustier. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Saint-Clair. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Lavandou (Grande Plage du Lavandou, Plage de l'Anglade, &more), La Croix-Valmer (Plage du Debarquement, Plage de Gigaro, &more) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de la Faviere, Domaine Sainte Marie, &more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de L'Argentiere, explore the gorgeous colors at Sentier Sous Marin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Pradeau, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hyeres trip itinerary site.

Getting from Marseille to Hyeres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Hyeres sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 4 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Domaine Val d'Iris and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Calanque de Maubois and Plage de Guerrevieille. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Maison du Patrimoine (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens), Port Grimaud 1 Beach (in Port Grimaud) and Sainte-Maxime (Domaine des Beaucas, Plage de la Nartelle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, kick back and relax at Plage des Cigales, take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes La Palud, and stroll through Plage de L'Oratoire.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hyeres in August: highs in Saint-Raphael hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nice.
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Castel Plage and Coco Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Juan les Pins Main Beach and Plage Publique de l' Opera. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso), Azur Wine Tours (in Vence) and Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, sample the tasty concoctions at Blue Coast Brewing Company, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nice online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 3 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Escape the urban bustle at Parasailing & Paragliding and Aiguille du Midi. Get some cultural insight at Musee d'Art Sacre de Saint Nicolas de Veroce and Église Saint-Nicolas de Véroce. Get out of town with these interesting Chamonix side-trips: Base de Loisirs des Ilettes (in Sallanches), Eglise Saint-Nicolas de Combloux (in Combloux) and Megeve (Eglise Saint-Jean Baptiste, Chapelle Sainte Anne (Dite des Penitents), &more). The adventure continues: head off-road at eBike Chamonix, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame de Toute Grace, take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons, and head outdoors with Brevent Cable Car.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Nice to Chamonix in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.
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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.
Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Canal Saint-Martin. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more), Rouen (Palais de Justice, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and stop by Le Marais.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Chamonix to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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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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