41 days in France Itinerary

41 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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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.
Musee Baron Gerard and Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to La Compagnie des Terroirs and Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944. Step out of Bayeux with an excursion to Eglise Saint-Pierre in Caen--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: gain interesting insight with Discovery Walks, walk around Jardin Public de Bayeux, play a few rounds at Golf Omaha Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux driving holiday app.

Portland, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Portland to Bayeux due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Portland, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bayeux, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Paris

— 6 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.
Musee de Montmartre and Quartier de l'Opera are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as 1st Arrondissement and 6th Arrondissement. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis in Saint-Denis--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the striking features of Le Palais Royal, get engrossed in the history at National Archives, and see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris journey planning website.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Get outdoors at Canoe Dordogne and Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Grolejac. Explore hidden gems such as Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe and Chateau de Campagne. The adventure continues: Head underground at Grotte de Bernifal, let your taste buds guide you at Elevage du Bouyssou, see the interesting displays at Abri Pataud, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Lacypierre.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. When traveling from Paris in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Abbey of Saint-Hilaire and Place des Couverts. Get some cultural insight at Eglise St. Vincent and Musee Archeologique. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Limoux (Basilique Notre-Dame de Marceille & Maison Guinot), Mirepoix (Enjoy Parapente & Place Marechal Leclerc) and Tour Magdala (in Rennes-le-Chateau). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Paul, don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, and brush up on your military savvy at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne road trip planner.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Adventure

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilique Saint Pierre and Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Pape Jean XXII and Chateau de la Gardine. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Moulin à Huile d' Olive du Calanquet (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence), Rhonea - Les Vignerons de Caractere (in Vacqueyras) and Dentelles de Montmirail (in Gigondas). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Chateau La Nerthe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Agricol, indulge your taste buds at Tours du Rhone, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wine Safari.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Avignon sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Marseille

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque and EVTT Provence. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chapelle Notre-Dame de Pitie and Eglise Saint-Laurent. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte (in Aix-en-Provence), Sentier Littoral (in Bandol) and Domaine Lou Capelan (in La Cadiere d'Azur). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Chateau Calissanne, look for gifts at Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, see the interesting displays at Pavillon M, and find your balance on the water with Glisse Pour Tous.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Marseille online attractions planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 5 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll get in some beach time at Plage de la Nartelle and La Ponche Beach. Get in touch with nature at Cap du Dramont and San Peyre. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Gorges de Pennafort (in Callas), Draguignan (Le Musee des Arts Et Traditions Populaires & Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial) and Pointe des Sardinaux (in Sainte-Maxime). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael, examine the collection at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, get some thrills on the water with Cap-Sea, and enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Maubois.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael attractions planner.

Getting from Marseille to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de la Mariniere and Promenade du Soleil. Get in touch with nature at Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Eglise de Biot (in Biot) and Menton (Cemetery of the Old Chateau & Prestige de Menton - Eau de Menton). There's still lots to do: push the limits with Liven Up, gain interesting insight with a heritage tour, stroll through Old Harbor (La Darse), and admire the masterpieces at Espace Ferrero.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip builder site.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Nice are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

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.