40 days in France Itinerary

40 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Nice
— 7 nights
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Deauville City
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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Nice

— 7 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.
Visit Vieille Ville and La Croisette for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie, &more), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Avenue Jean Medecin, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and kick back and relax at Castel Plage.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nice route planner.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Addis Ababa in November, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 6 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. Visiting Dune La Londe and Plage de Cavaliere will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Port Grimaud 1 Beach and Plage de Cabasson. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Domaine Sainte Marie (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Plage du Capelan (in Bandol) and Plage de Jean Blanc (in Le Lavandou). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Plage de l'Escalet, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de l'Almanarre, and relax and rejuvenate at Villa des Flo.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hyeres trip itinerary app.

Drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Avignon

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Granet and Musee Calvet. Get a sense of the local culture at Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, surround yourself with nature on Trolib, take a stroll through The Panier, and identify plant and animal life at Wine Safari.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Avignon tour builder app.

You can drive from Hyeres to Avignon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyeres in December, expect Avignon to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 6 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 O'Vineyards and Winemaker Workshops. Get some historical perspective at Cité de Carcassonne and Chateaux de Lastours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Lac de la Raho (in Villeneuve-de-la-Raho), La Plage du Rouet de La Palme (in La Palme) and La Franqui Beach (in La Franqui). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de VALRAS, savor the flavors at Domaine Castan, stroll through Crique du Porteil, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne road trip tool.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · 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.
Visit Omaha Beach and Plage Du Tilleul for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Mont Saint-Michel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Urville Nacqueville Beach (in Urville-Nacqueville) and Maison Lebrec (in Saint Pierre du Mont). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage, Agon-Coutainville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Vauville, and get outside with Pointe D'Agon.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bayeux, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Bayeux takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Bayeux sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Deauville City.

Things to do in Bayeux

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Deauville City

— 2 nights
With its race course, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, kick back and relax at Plage de Trouville, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, then stroll through Promenade Marcel Proust, then kick back and relax at Plages de Houlgate, and finally soak in style at O Voyage des Sens.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Deauville City trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Deauville City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Bayeux in December, expect nights in Deauville City to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are little chillier, around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Deauville City

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Paris

— 8 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Art Moderne de Paris. Head to Champs-Elysees and Shakespeare and Company Bookstorefor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip maker.

Traveling by car from Deauville City to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.