43 days in France Itinerary

43 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Paris
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 6 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Geneva, Fly to Colleville-sur-Mer
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Fly to Linton

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Paris

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (L'Orangerie, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris road trip planning tool.

Linton, UK to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Linton to Paris. When traveling from Linton in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 5 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Grotte de Rouffignac (in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac), Le Bugue (Aquarium du Perigord Noir & Parc Le Bournat) and Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, and don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda attractions planning tool.

You can fly from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Domaine Chante Perdrix (in Narbonne), Parc de la Prehistoire (in Tarascon-sur-Ariege) and Terre Liquide (in Mons). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne travel route planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carcassonne, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Avignon

— 5 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Marseille (Le Vieux Port, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and GEO Ardeche Canyon (in Aubenas). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon driving holiday planner.

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 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 6 nights
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Plage de la Faviere (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Porquerolles Island (Pointe de l'Oustau de Dieu, Plage de la Courtade, &more) and La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron, Plage de Sylvabelle, &more). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Jean Blanc, stroll through Plage de l'Anglade, and find something for the whole family at Accro Aventures.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hyeres sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Hyeres in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 5 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron), Sainte-Maxime (Zipline & Kelys) and Marines de Cogolin (in Cogolin). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable excursion with TakSea, trek along La Pointe de l'Aiguille, explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), and cool off at Waterworld lake of gaudrade.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael day trip website.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Hyeres in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Nice

— 6 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Plage des Ondes), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette). Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and head outdoors with Baou de la Gaude.

Start your trip to Nice by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in September, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 4 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Get out of town with these interesting Chamonix side-trips: Lake Annecy (in Annecy) and Chevrerie Au Coeur de Montjoie (in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains). There's much more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, make a trip to Glacier des Bossons, and head outdoors with Lac Bleu.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Chamonix takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. On the 12th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, then pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

To see maps and other tourist information, go to the Colleville-sur-Mer trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Chamonix to Colleville-sur-Mer takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. September in Colleville-sur-Mer sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and then pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colleville-sur-Mer to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. September in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

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.