58 days in France Itinerary

58 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 6 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 6 nights
Drive
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La Londe Les Maures
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 5 nights
Drive
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 6 nights
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Rouen
— 7 nights
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Paris

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Palace of Versailles. Venture out of the city with trips to Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup (in Rocquencourt). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planning tool.

Milan, Italy to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Milan in September: highs in Paris hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 3 nights
Visit Chateau de Castelnaud and Château de Biron for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac and Moulin de la Rouzique. Venture out of the city with trips to Bastide du Perigord (in Monpazier), Cloitre de Cadouin (in Cadouin) and Le Chateau de Fenelon (in Sainte Mondane).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle road trip planning app.

You can fly from Paris to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Paris in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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 a sense of the local culture at Cité de Carcassonne and Cathar Castles. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateaux de Lastours and La Cite Medievale. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and Musee des Augustins (in Toulouse). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, contemplate the long history of Memorial House (Maison des Memoires), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and explore the ancient world of La Chapelle Saint-Roch.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planner.

Drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in Carcassonne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Avignon

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Palais des Papes and Distillerie A. Blachere. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pont d'Avignon and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Musee Urgonia (in Orgon), Chateau de Tarascon (in Tarascon) and Les Gorges de Regalon (in Merindol). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, see the interesting displays at Musee Angladon, and delve into the distant past at Forteresse de Mornas.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Marseille

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Musee Granet. Let the collections at Fondation Vasarely and Musee Regards de Provence capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume), Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Cours Mirabeau, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the engaging exhibits at Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne, don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole, make a splash at Aquavillage Parc, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Marseille, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Londe Les Maures.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

La Londe Les Maures

— 2 nights
On the 27th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, go for a stroll along the water at Port de Miramar, steep yourself in history at Chartreuse de la Verne, then see the interesting displays at Confiserie Azureenne, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Village des Tortues, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine CROIX ROUSSE. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Domaine du Rayol, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Cap Lardier, identify plant and animal life at Le Barrage de la Verne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame De Constance, and finally get outside with Plage du Pellegrin.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Londe Les Maures travel route builder app.

You can drive from Marseille to La Londe Les Maures in 1.5 hours. In September in La Londe Les Maures, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in La Londe Les Maures

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Visit Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews for their historical value. Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire and Musee des Troupes de Marine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Sainte-Maxime (Pointe des Sardinaux & Eglise Sainte-Maxime), Seillans (The Orange Tree Galerie & Domaine Val d'Iris) and Grimaud (Chateau de Grimaud & Chapelle des Penitents). There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), tour the pleasant surroundings at Abel Baliff Beach, identify plant and animal life at Base Nature Francois Leotard, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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You can drive from La Londe Les Maures to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nice

— 8 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. Get some historical perspective at Vieille Ville and Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe). Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Marche Forville & La Croisette), Musee International de la Parfumerie (in Grasse) and Antibes (Chapelle Saint-Bernardin, Musee Picasso, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and get to know the fascinating history of Promenade Le Corbusier.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nice journey planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 5 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mont Saint-Michel and Maison de l'Artichaut. Appreciate the collections at Musee du poire and Ecomusee du Moulin de la See. Explore Mont-Saint-Michel's surroundings by going to Parc des Forges de Varenne (in Champsecret), Conde-sur-Noireau (Espace Musee Charles Leandre & Musee de l'Imprimerie Typographique) and La Chapelle du Souvenir (in Flers). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, examine the collection at Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Domfront, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel tour planner.

You can fly from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nice in October, with highs in Mont-Saint-Michel at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer

— 6 nights
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Normandy American Cemetery and Airborne Museum. Popular historic sites such as Pointe du Hoc and Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Colleville-sur-Mer side-trips: German War Cemetery (in Orglandes), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Le Havre de Portbail (in Port-Bail). The adventure continues: take in the history at Omaha Beach, examine the collection at Fours a Chaux du Rey - Musee Maritime, enjoy the sea views from Le Phare de Gatteville, and stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery Marigny.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colleville-sur-Mer road trip planning site.

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Colleville-sur-Mer in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rouen

— 7 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get some cultural insight at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens. Visit Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Cimetiere Saint-Sever for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Le Bois des Aigles (in Balines), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Naturospace (in Honfleur). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, identify plant and animal life at Parc du Marquenterre, admire the striking features of Palais de Justice, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maclou's Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rouen visit planner.

You can drive from Colleville-sur-Mer to Rouen in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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.