54 days in France Itinerary

54 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Drive to Rouen
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Amboise
— 4 nights
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Versailles
— 5 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
Train
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Dijon
— 4 nights
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg
— 5 nights
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Rouen

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, get to know the fascinating history of Cote Sainte-Catherine, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally visit Rue du Gros-Horloge. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), explore the historical opulence of Chateau Du Taillis, and then contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Jumieges.

Before you visit Rouen, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Washington, USA to Rouen is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Rouen, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Rouen is slightly colder than Washington - with highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Visit Mont Saint-Michel and Pointe du Hoc for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes (in Huisnes sur Mer). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, get outside with Omaha Beach, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read Bayeux holiday site.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Bayeux sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Amboise.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Amboise

— 4 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Chambord and Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau Royal d'Amboise and Oratoire Carolingien de Germigny-des-Pres. Explore Amboise's surroundings by going to Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny), Chateau Royal de Blois (in Blois) and Domaine National de Chambord (in Chambord). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral, and learn about winemaking at Plou Et Fils.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Amboise travel website.

You can drive from Bayeux to Amboise in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October in Amboise, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Versailles.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Versailles

— 5 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palace of Versailles and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Let the collections at Fondation Claude Monet and Musee du Peigne capture your imagination. Explore Versailles' surroundings by going to Musee de l'Emigration Francaise au Canada (in Tourouvre au Perche), Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres) and Musee Vie et Metiers d'Autrefois (in Breteuil). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Domaine of Villarceaux, appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade des Petits Ponts, get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas' House, and examine the collection at Réunion des Musées Nationaux et Grand Palais.

For where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Versailles journey tool.

You can drive from Amboise to Versailles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Versailles, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Arc de Triomphe and Sainte-Chapelle will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Reims (Budding, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris itinerary planner.

Drive from Versailles to Paris in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Paris, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Dijon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Dijon

— 4 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Magnin and Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu. Abbaye de Fontenay and Chablis Vititours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Dijon side-trips: Eglise Saint-Jacques et Saint-Philippe (in Chateauneuf), Chateau Ancy-le Franc (in Ancy-le-Franc) and Galeries Bartoux Beaune (in Beaune). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Vincent, admire the masterpieces at Hotel-Dieu de Lons-le-Saunier, and examine the collection at SAS Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dijon trip planning site.

Getting from Paris to Dijon by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Dijon sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Dijon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 2 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.
On the 25th (Mon), explore the different monuments and memorials at Chamonix Cemetery, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Sainte Anne (Dite des Penitents), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Nicolas de Véroce, and then see the interesting displays at Musee d'Art Sacre de Saint Nicolas de Veroce.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Chamonix trip planner.

You can drive from Dijon to Chamonix in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Chamonix

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): make a trip to Chateau de Beynac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, steep yourself in history at Le Chateau de Belves, then examine the collection at Moulin de la Rouzique, and finally view the masterpieces at Atelier D.Z' arts.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip itinerary website.

Drive from Chamonix to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cité de Carcassonne and O'Vineyards. Let the collections at Musee des Augustins and Musee Chapy capture your imagination. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Musee de la Prehistoire Regionale (in Saint-Pons-de-Thomieres), Perpignan (Cathedrale St-Jean & Hotel Pams) and Toulouse (Couvent des Jacobins, Church of Les Jacobins, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, stroll through Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Just.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Angladon will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Chateau de la Gardine (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape), Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet (in Fontvieille) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). Dedicate the 5th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), steep yourself in history at Roman Theatre of Orange, sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye Saint-Michel de Frigolet.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Avignon trip builder app.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Avignon are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Popular historic sites such as Paul Cezanne’s Studio and Cathédrale La Major are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Trolib (in Cassis), Fondation Vasarely (in Aix-en-Provence) and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, wander the streets of The Panier, and look for gifts at L'Argilla.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Marseille day trip site.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

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.
Get some cultural insight at Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Picasso and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Venture out of the city with trips to Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Cannes (Le Suquet, Rue d'Antibes, &more) and Eglise Notre-Dame de Peygros (in Tanneron). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Strasbourg

— 5 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Visit Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg for their historical value. Let the collections at Fort De Schoenenbourg and Le Musee du Vigneron capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Domaine Bernard Humbrecht (in Gueberschwihr), Domaine Achillee (in Scherwiller) and Chapelle Sainte-Marguerite (in Epfig). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through La Petite France, contemplate the long history of Cimetiere Israelite, deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort de Mutzig, and see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan.

Plan a Strasbourg trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Nice to Strasbourg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nice in November: high temperatures in Strasbourg hover around 50°F and lows are around 38°F. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

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.

Bourgogne-Franche-Comte travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Castles · Wineries & Vineyards

Dordogne travel guide

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Castles · Caves · Landmarks
Because this region has escaped overdevelopment, Dordogne is one of France's best kept secrets with historical châteaux, medieval fortresses, prehistoric cave paintings, and Roman remains sprinkled throughout. Legendary stone villages with golden stone houses make this region seem a little like a cross between a fairy tale and a movie set. Canoeing down the River Dordogne is a fantastic way to tour the region, and there are many areas where you can walk, hike, and do your sightseeing on foot. This region, which roughly corresponds with the ancient county of Périgord, remains quite rural and known for its wonderful pâtés.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Historic Sites
On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.