50 days in France Itinerary

50 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner

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Fly to Paris Orly, Train to Chatelet Les Halles, Train to Rouen
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Rouen
— 6 nights
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Caen
— 6 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 6 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 6 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Rouen

— 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Fondation Claude Monet and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and St. Maclou's Church. Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Parc du Marquenterre (in Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont), Les Cressonnieres (in Veules-les-Roses) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Dieppe). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Falaises d'Etretat, find something for the whole family at Cahem, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Saint-Sever, and get to know the fascinating history of Cote Sainte-Catherine.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rouen day trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Rouen is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Milan in September; daily highs in Rouen reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Caen.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Caen

— 6 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Normandy American Cemetery and Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee du debarquement. Change things up with these side-trips from Caen: Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux (in Bayeux), Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer (in Longues-sur-Mer) and Cimetiere militaire Britannique de Bazenville (in Bazenville). There's lots more to do: take in the history at Omaha Beach, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Emigration Francaise au Canada, stroll the grounds of Cimetières Militaires, and brush up on your military savvy at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Caen holiday builder website.

Drive from Rouen to Caen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Caen sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 4 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. You'll explore and learn at Musee du poire and Musee Christian Dior. Mont Saint-Michel and Fours a Chaux du Rey - Musee Maritime are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Parc-Musee du Granit (in Saint-Michel-de-Montjoie), Pointe du Roc (in Granville) and Musee de la ceramique (in Ger). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, examine the collection at Ecomusee du Moulin de la See, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Caen to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nice

— 6 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 get to explore Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Vieille Ville and La Madone d'Utelle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Galerie des Bains-Douches (in Antibes), Plage de la Baumette (in Agay) and Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer) (in Saint-Raphael). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through La Croisette, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, see the interesting displays at Musee des Coquillages, and explore the galleries of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nice day trip app.

You can fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in September; daily highs in Nice reach 28°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 4 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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne and Musee Du Patrimoine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Eglise Anglicane. Change things up with these side-trips from Hyeres: Chapelle Notre Dame de Miremer (in La Garde-Freinet), Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres) and Sainte-Maxime (Promenade Aymeric Simon Loriere, Pointe des Sardinaux, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame de Consolation, take a memorable tour with Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame du Mai, and kick back and relax at Plage de Cavaliere.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hyeres trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Nice to Hyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Hyeres. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Hyeres

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence

— 6 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Visit Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon for their historical value. Explore Aix-en-Provence's surroundings by going to Artemisia Museum (in Forcalquier), Chateau de La Verdiere (in La Verdiere) and Chateau de Sauvan (in Mane). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musee Granet, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, and visit Cours Mirabeau.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence tour planner.

You can drive from Hyeres to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Aix-en-Provence are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Get some cultural insight at Cité de Carcassonne and Musee La Seduction Francaise. Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Cathar Castles are in your itinerary. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Tour chateau Castelnau de Levis (in Castelnau-de-Levis), Musee Departemental du Textile (in Labastide-Rouairoux) and Musee du Saut du Tarn (in Saint-Juery). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Cite Medievale.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Papeterie de Vaux and Vesunna. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Castelnaud and Chateau de Bridoire. Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Eglise de Saint Astier (in Saint-Astier), Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Campagne (in Campagne) and Musee Andre Voulgre (in Mussidan). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, learn about winemaking at Chateau Belingard, get engrossed in the history at Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Wineries

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.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Montmartre. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord), Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Le Marais, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in October: highs in Paris hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Occitanie travel guide

4.1
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Castles

Nouvelle-Aquitaine travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Theme Parks