45 days in France Itinerary

45 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux online tour itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Bayeux is 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Bayeux at 69°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Paris

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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (L'Orangerie, The Trianons & The Hamlet, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, and visit Montmartre.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip builder site.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 24:

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Sarlat-la-Caneda

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, soar above the sights with Montgolfiere et Chateaux, admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, and make a trip to Vieux Sarlat.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda tour 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 and about the same nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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Carcassonne

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 out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Church of Les Jacobins) and Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and make a trip to Abbaye de Caunes Minervois.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the 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 a bit warmer evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:

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Avignon

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). Dedicate the 4th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Avignon sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Marseille

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence), Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take a spin around town with Trolib, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel Church.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille travel route planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Marseille sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

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Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Tropez: Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Fort de Bregancon & Domaine Sainte Marie), Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle, Plage de Jean Blanc, &more) and Hyeres (Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens & Plage noire du Langoustier). There's still lots to do: find your balance on the water with Adventure Sports Saint Tropez, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro, don't miss a visit to Chapelle Sainte-Anne, and admire the striking features of Church St Francis of Assisi.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Tropez online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Saint-Tropez sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:

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Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans) and Brocante Au Bucheron (in Saint-Aygulf). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, delve into the distant past at Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, and take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges du Verdon.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Nice

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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Cannes (Galerie1414, Lérins Islands, &more) and Antibes (Musee Picasso & Le Nomade). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, awaken your taste buds at Azur Wine Tours, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary site.

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 70°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 28:

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.