40 days in France Itinerary

40 days in France Itinerary

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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Lourdes
— 5 nights
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Narbonne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 4 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Blois
— 4 nights
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Nantes
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
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Bonifacio, Corsica

— 1 night
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte Croix, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally stroll through Plage du Petit Sperone. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Bonifacio Citadel, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio trip itinerary builder website.

Brussels, Belgium to Bonifacio is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, Bonifacio is a bit warmer than Brussels - with highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Calvi.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Calvi, Corsica

— 3 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Step off the beaten path and head to Citadelle de Calvi and Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra. Get some historical perspective at Village abandonné d'Occi and Eglise de l'Assomption. Explore Calvi's surroundings by going to Phare de la Pietra (in Ile Rousse) and Eglise de Sant'Antonino (in Sant'Antonino). There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Nature Reserve of Scandola, and make a trip to Les Calanche Cliffs.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Calvi road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Bonifacio to Calvi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lourdes.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lourdes

— 5 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Your inner history buff will appreciate Château de Pau and Chateau Fort of Lourdes. Do some cultural sightseeing at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Grotte de Massabielle. Explore Lourdes' surroundings by going to Villa Arnaga (in Cambo les Bains), Boulevard des Pyrenees (in Pau) and Jardin Massey (in Tarbes). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Pie X, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pont d'Espagne, examine the collection at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette, and engage your brain at Maison De la Connaissance du Risque Sismique.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lourdes driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Calvi to Lourdes in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Calvi in July, with highs in Lourdes at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Narbonne.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Narbonne

— 5 nights

Crossroads of the South

The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
Popular historic sites such as Abbaye de Fontfroide and Cathedrale St-Just are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau Royale de Collioure and Abbaye de Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert. Get out of town with these interesting Narbonne side-trips: La Chapelle Saint Antoine (in Le Boulou), Paroisse Saint Nazaire (in Beziers) and Oppidum d'Enserune (in Nissan-lez-Enserune). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Queribus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Julien et Sainte Basilisse, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Melac, and make a trip to Fort Saint-Elme.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Narbonne day trip planning app.

Drive from Lourdes to Narbonne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lourdes in August, expect Narbonne to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Narbonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau des Baux de Provence and Tour Magne are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime). Change things up with these side-trips from Arles: Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes), Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Site Archeologique de Glanum & Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole) and Chateau de Tarascon (in Tarascon). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Arles tour planner.

Drive from Narbonne to Arles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Arles, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 4 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Explore hidden gems such as Gorges de l'Ardeche and Forteresse de Mornas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Maison de la Lavande - Domaine Lavandais. Change things up with these side-trips from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: Chateau de Grignan (in Grignan), La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte) and Grotte de la Salamandre (in Mejannes-le-Clap). Next up on the itinerary: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, and get some fabulous bargains at Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vallon-Pont-d'Arc road trip planning website.

You can drive from Arles to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Clermont-Ferrand

— 4 nights

France's Liverpool

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Murol and Statue de Notre Dame de France. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Puy-de-Dome Volcano and Chateau de Tournoel. Explore Clermont-Ferrand's surroundings by going to Le PAL (in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Besbre) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame (in Le Puy-en-Velay). It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption and examine the collection at L'Aventure Michelin.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Clermont-Ferrand driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Clermont-Ferrand in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In August, Clermont-Ferrand is a bit cooler than Vallon-Pont-d'Arc - with highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange, then steep yourself in history at Château de Biron, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Louis.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. August in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Blois.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Blois

— 4 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire and Cathedrale Saint-Gatien will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale De Bourges and Château de l'Islette. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blois: Place Plumereau (in Tours), Orléans Cathedral (in Orleans) and Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal de Blois and steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Blois online trip builder.

You can fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Blois in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Blois: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Nantes

— 5 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau d'Angers and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul. Popular historic sites such as Carnac stones and Chateau de Breze are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Domaine de Suscinio (in Sarzeau), Chateau de Brissac (in Brissac-Quince) and Sous-Marin l'Espadon (in Saint-Nazaire). There's still lots to do: stop by Cite Medievale de Guerande, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, make a trip to Le Passage du Gois, and wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nantes driving holiday app.

You can drive from Blois to Nantes in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Pointe du Hoc and Bayeux War Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Omaha Beach and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Venture out of the city with trips to D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bayeux online route planner.

Getting from Nantes to Bayeux by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.