40 days in France Itinerary

40 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner

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Nice
— 8 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Saint-Emilion
— 8 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Le Suquet, Rue d'Antibes, &more), Azur Wine Tours (in Vence) and Antibes (Chapelle Saint-Bernardin & Le Nomade). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nice road trip planning website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Nice due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bangkok in October, plan for colder days in Nice, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Marseille

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Domaine Sainte Marie & Chapelle Saint-Francois-de-Paule), Dune La Londe (in La Londe Les Maures) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Le Gout des Autres - Wine Prestige Tour, stop by The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

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Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Tours · Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Basilique Saint-Sernin (in Toulouse), Escape Dimension La Croisee des Mondes (in Saleilles) and Spas (in Balma). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and tee off at Golf d'Aigueleze.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion

— 8 nights

Gem of the Dordogne Valley

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Emilion side-trips: Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc), Domaine de Merlet (in Leognan) and Spa Voyage des Sens (in Margaux). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at French Wine Adventures, do a tasting at Chateau Bonhoste, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Panet, Vignobles Carles.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Emilion trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Saint-Emilion in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Saint-Emilion are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Spas

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 31st (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel visit planner.

Getting from Saint-Emilion to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Saint-Emilion in October, expect nights in Mont-Saint-Michel to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Change things up with a short trip to La Compagnie des Terroirs in Caen (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, take in the history at Omaha Beach, and brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Bayeux are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Paris

— 8 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & La Galerie des Batailles). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Paris itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Paris are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.