40 days in France Itinerary

40 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 7 nights
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Deauville City
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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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.
Visit Vieille Ville and La Croisette for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musee Matisse. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie, &more), St-Paul-de-Vence (Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs & Saint-Paul de Vence) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, kick back and relax at Eze Sur Mer Strand, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice itinerary planner.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Addis Ababa in November, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

6
nights
Hyeres

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Visiting Dune La Londe and Plage de l'Escalet will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Port Grimaud 1 Beach and Plage de Cavaliere. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Plage du Capelan (in Bandol), Plage de Jean Blanc (in Le Lavandou) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de Cabasson & Domaine Sainte Marie). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Plage de l'Almanarre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Courtade, and relax and rejuvenate at Villa des Flo.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hyeres trip itinerary app.

Drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

5
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Granet and Musee Calvet. Get a sense of the local culture at Palais des Papes and Carrieres des Lumieres. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Marseille (The Panier & Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Trolib, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and tour the water at your own pace with Peche. Calanques. Com.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Avignon road trip planning website.

You can drive from Hyeres to Avignon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Hyeres in December; daily highs in Avignon reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

6
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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 a sense of the local culture at O'Vineyards and Cathar Castles. Get some historical perspective at Cité de Carcassonne and Chateaux de Lastours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: La Plage du Rouet de La Palme (in La Palme), Lac de la Raho (in Villeneuve-de-la-Raho) and La Franqui Beach (in La Franqui). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de VALRAS, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and relax and rejuvenate at Massages Ayurvediques.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne vacation planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

5
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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.
Visit Omaha Beach and Plage de Barneville. for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Normandy American Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Maison Lebrec (in Saint Pierre du Mont) and Plage Du Tilleul (in Le Tilleul). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Vauville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage, Agon-Coutainville, and get great views at Pointe D'Agon.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux online attractions planner.

Fly from Carcassonne to Bayeux in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Deauville City.

Things to do in Bayeux

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Deauville City

With its race course, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, kick back and relax at Plage de Trouville, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, then stroll through Promenade Marcel Proust, then kick back and relax at Plages de Houlgate, and finally soak in style at O Voyage des Sens.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Deauville City trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Deauville City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Bayeux in December, expect nights in Deauville City to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are little chillier, around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Deauville City

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Head to Champs-Elysees and Shakespeare and Company Bookstorefor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Le Marais, wander the streets of Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Deauville City to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.