40 days in France Itinerary

40 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris-Orly Airport, Drive to Honfleur
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Honfleur
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 3 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Calvi, Corsica
— 5 nights
Fly
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Arles
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gordes
— 4 nights
Drive to Marseille Provence Airport, Fly to Erie International Tom Ridge Field

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Honfleur

— 4 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plage de Trouville and Chemin des Douaniers. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Notre Dame de Grace and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honfleur: Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Rue du Gros-Horloge, &more), Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre) and Les Jardins d'Etretat (in Etretat). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Vieux Bassin, kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of Palais Benedictine.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Honfleur attractions tool.

Erie, USA to Honfleur is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Erie to Honfleur due to the time zone difference. In June, Honfleur is little chillier than Erie - with highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pegasus Memorial and Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer. Popular historic sites such as Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Remains Mulberry Harbour are in your itinerary. Step out of Bayeux to go to Sainte-Mere-Eglise and see Airborne Museum, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Omaha Beach, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip builder.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Bayeux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Azay-le-Rideau

— 3 nights
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
Get some historical perspective at Château de l'Islette and Chateau de Villandry. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Forteresse de Montbazon and Eglise St-Etienne. When in Azay-le-Rideau, make a side trip to see Chateau de Loches in Loches, approximately Loches away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Azay-le-Rideau trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Azay-le-Rideau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 3 nights
Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac and L'Oustal du Perigord will appeal to museum buffs. Eglise Catholique Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption and Chateau de Beynac will appeal to history buffs.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Azay-le-Rideau to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi. June in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio and Bonifacio Citadel. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage du Petit Sperone and Piantarella Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to U Maggiu (in Sartene) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Propriano). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, see Off-Road Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina, and get outside with Calalonga Plage.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Bonifacio in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Calvi.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Calvi, Corsica

— 5 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Les Calanche Cliffs. Village abandonné d'Occi and Eglise de la Misericorde are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Calvi's surroundings by going to Corte (Église de l'Annonciation & Musee de la Corse), Ile Rousse (Phare de la Pietra & Marche Couvert) and Plage de Galeria (in Galeria). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Sant'Antonino, contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Calvi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bonifacio to Calvi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Arles.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Arles

— 5 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eglise St-Trophime and Abbaye de Montmajour. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Get out of town with these interesting Arles side-trips: Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, &more) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum, don't miss a visit to Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, and admire the natural beauty at La Bambouseraie en Cevennes.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Arles journey builder app.

Traveling by flight from Calvi to Arles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 5 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. You'll explore and learn at Maison de la Lavande - Domaine Lavandais and Chateau de Grignan. Get outdoors at Grotte de la Salamandre and Grotte de la Cocalière. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar), Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage) and Forteresse de Mornas (in Mornas). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Pont d'Arc, explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche, explore the fascinating underground world of Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

Discover how to plan a Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Arles to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gordes.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Gordes

— 4 nights
Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Your inner history buff will appreciate Roman Theatre of Orange and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. Step off the beaten path and head to Triumphal Arch and Rhonea - Caveau Beaumes-de-Venise. Change things up with these side-trips from Gordes: Mt Ventoux (in Brantes) and Colorado Provencal (in Rustrel). There's much more to do: browse for treasures at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mines de Bruoux.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Gordes road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Gordes takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Gordes can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gordes

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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.