40 days in France Itinerary

40 days in France Itinerary

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Start: Ottawa
+5
Train + Bus + Fly + Train + Bus + Train:  17 h 30 min
1
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Honfleur
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Rouen
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Paris
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
6
Saint-Tropez
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Nice
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  12 h
End: Ottawa

4
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Get some cultural insight at Mont Saint-Michel and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and Eglise de Menil-Gondouin will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mont-Saint-Michel: Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal (in Brehal), Granville (Musee Christian Dior, Pointe du Roc, &more) and Pointe D'Agon (in Agon-Coutainville). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Maison de l'Artichaut, admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint-Julien, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Quentin, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel road trip planning app.

Ottawa, Canada to Mont-Saint-Michel is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Ottawa to Mont-Saint-Michel, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Mont-Saint-Michel is somewhat warmer than Ottawa - with highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Domfront, Granville, Avranches, Eglise de Menil-Gondouin, Chateau des Montgommery
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James ©
Eglise Saint-Quentin ©
Eglise Saint-Quentin

5
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Normandy American Cemetery and Bayeux War Cemetery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Omaha Beach and Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Baie d'Ecalgrain (in Auderville), Plage de Vauville (in Vauville) and Urville Nacqueville Beach (in Urville-Nacqueville). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery Marigny, kick back and relax at Juno Beach, and stroll through Plage, Agon-Coutainville.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux day trip website.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. April in Bayeux sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Chateau Fort de Pirou, Plage de Vauville, Place Saint-Sauveur, Omaha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

6
nights
Honfleur

Honfleur
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Popular historic sites such as Eglise Saint Helier and Chateau d'Etelan are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Manoir de Courboyer and Eglise Notre-Dame a Orbec. Get out of town with these interesting Honfleur side-trips: Etretat (Les Plages Etretat & Falaises d'Etretat), Plage Du Tilleul (in Le Tilleul) and Plage-Baignade Yport (in Yport). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Plage de Trouville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Montivilliers, and see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Emigration Francaise au Canada.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Honfleur travel planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Honfleur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. April in Honfleur sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cabourg, Etretat, Chateau d'Etelan, Eglise Notre Dame des Flots, Chapelle de Barville
Highlights from your plan
Plage-Baignade Yport
Plage-Baignade Yport
Manoir de Courboyer ©
Manoir de Courboyer
Eglise Saint Helier ©
Eglise Saint Helier

6
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at La Plage and Plage de Pourville. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Caudebec-en-Caux (MuseoSeine & Cathedrale de Caudebec-En-Caux), Chateau de Vascoeuil (in Vascoeuil) and Chateau de Fleury la Foret (in Lyons-la-Foret). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, don't miss a visit to Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire de Saint Valery en Caux, and contemplate the long history of Manoir de Villers.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rouen attractions website.

You can drive from Honfleur to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Caudebec-en-Caux, Saint-Valery-en-Caux, Giverny, Plage de Pourville, La Plage
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet

6
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Palace of Versailles. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Le Marais, and make a trip to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris trip builder site.

Getting from Rouen to Paris by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

5
nights
Saint-Tropez

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. Visit Plage de l'Escalet and La Ponche Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez and Domaine Lou Capelan. Venture out of the city with trips to Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de la Faviere & Plage de Cabasson), Le Lavandou (Eglise Saint-Louis, Plage de Cavaliere, &more) and Bandol (Foret de Roustagnon & Plage de Renecros). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Plage de Pampelonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Louis, stroll through Port Grimaud Beach, and explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Olbia - Town of Hyères.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Tropez online journey builder.

Getting from Paris to Saint-Tropez by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, expect nights in Saint-Tropez to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hyeres, Le Lavandou, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, La Croix-Valmer, Bandol
Highlights from your plan
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle

6
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Visit Vieille Ville and Église Saint Veran for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palais Lascaris and La Madone d'Utelle. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Promenade Le Corbusier (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin), Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Villa Eilenroc) and Palmes Beach (in Menton). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Castel Plage, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Perpetuel-Secours, stroll through Paloma Beach, and contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nice day trip planning website.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. When traveling from Saint-Tropez in May, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Antibes, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Menton, Utelle, Promenade Le Corbusier
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Église Saint Veran ©
Église Saint Veran
Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste

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