41 days in France Itinerary

41 days in France Itinerary

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41 days in France Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly + train:  7​h 30​min
1
Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rouen
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Paris
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Aix-en-Provence
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Bormes-Les-Mimosas
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Nice
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Copenhagen

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Omaha Beach and Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery (in Cintheaux), Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant (in Falaise) and Mont-Saint-Michel (Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre & Mont Saint-Michel). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, contemplate the long history of Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus), and take in the pleasant sights at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Bayeux attractions planner .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Bayeux is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Bayeux are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, Colleville-sur-Mer, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Omaha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

5
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Musee De La Verrerie. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de Pourville and Plage-Baignade Yport. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite) (in Fecamp), Abbaye de Jumieges (in Jumieges) and Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, admire the landmark architecture of Abbey of Bec-Hellouin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de Grace, and examine the collection at Musee du Peigne.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Rouen travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Rouen, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Falaises d'Etretat, Musee du Peigne, Plage de Pourville, Notre Dame de Grace, Le Fleuve La Veules
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
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Louvre Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musee Rodin, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris sightseeing planning tool .

You can take a bus from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

5
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Voie Verte des Berges de l'Isle. Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Beynac are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Cave Dwellings (in Belves), Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Campagne (in Campagne) and Saint jean de cole (in Saint-Jean-de-Cole). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bridoire, take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Front.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip planning site .

You can fly from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in September: highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Perigueux, Le Regourdou, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne
Highlights from your plan
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud

3
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cité de Carcassonne and La cité médiévale. Visit Cathar Castles and Chateau Comtal for their historical value. When in Carcassonne, make a side trip to see Parc de la Prehistoire in Tarascon-sur-Ariege, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, Carcassonne is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Parc de la Prehistoire, La cité médiévale
Highlights from your plan
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

5
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Plage La Capte. Get some historical perspective at Palais des Papes and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Change things up with these side-trips from Aix-en-Provence: Plage noire du Langoustier (in Hyeres), Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) and Marseille (Abbaye Saint Victor & Cathédrale La Major). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musee Granet, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Aix-en-Provence trip site .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bormes-Les-Mimosas.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Marseille, Hyeres, Palais des Papes, Carrieres des Lumieres, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

5
nights
Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Bormes-Les-Mimosas ©
Bormes-les-Mimosas is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It has a Mediterranean climate.Bormes-les-Mimosas is a city in bloom and won the 2003 Gold Medal awarded by the Entente Florale. Visit La plage and Heraclee Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Gigaro. Venture out of the city with trips to La Croix-Valmer (Plage du Debarquement & Plage de Vergeron). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about winemaking at Domaine Sainte Marie, stroll through Plage d'Aiguebelle, and examine the collection at Confiserie Azureenne.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bormes-Les-Mimosas journey app .

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Bormes-Les-Mimosas in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Le Lavandou, Confiserie Azureenne, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
La plage ©
La plage
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro

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.
Get some historical perspective at La Croisette and Saint-Paul de Vence. Step out of the city life by going to Castel Plage and Swim with Dolphins. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon (in Gourdon) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coco Beach, and step into the grandiose world of Palais Lascaris.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner .

You can drive from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, St-Paul-de-Vence, Plage de l'Escalet, La Croisette
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

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