42 days in France Itinerary

42 days in France Itinerary

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42 days in France Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+3
Fly + Train + Foot + Train:  27​h
1
Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rouen
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Bormes-Les-Mimosas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Nice
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 6 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bayeux War Cemetery and Pointe du Grouin. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Memorial de Caen. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Le Havre de Portbail (in Port-Bail) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Musee D-Day Omaha, and examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux trip itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Bayeux is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Bayeux reach 26°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pointe du Grouin, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Le Havre de Portbail, Memorial de Caen
Highlights from your plan
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

2
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, then get engrossed in the history at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Vieux, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Jumieges, then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, and finally appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rouen day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rouen are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Abbaye de Jumieges, Fondation Claude Monet
Highlights from your plan
Historial Jeanne d’Arc ©
Historial Jeanne d’Arc
Abbaye de Jumieges
Abbaye de Jumieges
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Île de la Cité and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Marais and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris online journey planner .

Traveling by bus from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grotte du Pech-Merle and La Foret des Singes. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Maison Forte de Reignac and Chateau de Castelnaud. Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Rocamadour (Cite Religieuse & Rocher des Aigles). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat, take an in-depth tour of Chateau des Milandes, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip builder site .

You can fly from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. August in Sarlat-la-Caneda sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocamadour, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau de Beynac, Grotte du Pech-Merle
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Rocher des Aigles ©
Rocher des Aigles

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like O'Vineyards and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Abbaye de Fontfroide. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Toulouse (Musee des Augustins & Basilique Saint-Sernin), Viaduc de Millau (in Millau) and Albi (Les Jardins de la Berbie & Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, and learn about winemaking at Domaine Rose et Paul.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip planning app .

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Albi, Toulouse, La cité médiévale, Abbaye de Fontfroide, Viaduc de Millau
Highlights from your plan
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile

4
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Roman Theatre of Orange and Chateau des Baux de Provence. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Gorges de l'Ardeche (in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc), Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, do a tasting at Chateau Fortia, sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, and steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon vacation tool .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Avignon are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bormes-Les-Mimosas.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Roman Theatre of Orange, Gorges de l'Ardeche
Highlights from your plan
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac

4
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. You'll get in some beach time at La plage and Plage de Gigaro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bormes-Les-Mimosas: La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle & Heraclee Beach). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Aiguebelle, and stroll through Grande Plage du Lavandou.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bormes-Les-Mimosas vacation builder site .

Drive from Avignon to Bormes-Les-Mimosas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. September in Bormes-Les-Mimosas sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, La Croix-Valmer, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc

5
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 a sense of the local culture at Le Suquet and Vieille Ville. Step off the beaten path and head to Plage de l'Escalet and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: St-Paul-de-Vence (Saint-Paul de Vence & Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs), Plage de Pampelonne (in Ramatuelle) and La Croisette (in Cannes). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage and explore the world behind art at Palais Lascaris.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. September in Nice sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cannes, Saint-Tropez, St-Paul-de-Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Highlights from your plan
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

6
nights
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Step off the beaten path and head to Tamaricciu Beach and Piscines Naturelles de Cavu. Get a sense of the local culture at Les Calanche Cliffs and Bonifacio Citadel. Get out of town with these interesting Porto-Vecchio side-trips: Piscia di Gallu (in Zonza) and Bonifacio (Grottes de Bonifacio, Plage du Petit Sperone, & more). There's still lots to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Porto-Vecchio vacation planning app .

Traveling by flight from Nice to Porto-Vecchio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nice in September since evenings lows in Porto-Vecchio dip to 18°C. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Piscines Naturelles de Cavu, Piscia di Gallu, Les Calanche Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
plage de Tamaricciu ©
plage de Tamaricciu
Piscines Naturelles de Cavu ©
Piscines Naturelles de Cavu
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone

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