43 days in France Itinerary

43 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Rouen
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 5 nights
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Castellane
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Paris

— 5 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation maker website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rouen

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Venture out of the city with trips to Le Memorial du 19 Aout 1942 (in Dieppe), Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Cote d'Albatre) and Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre (in Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, get curious at Musee Maritime Fluvial et Portuaire de Rouen, make a trip to Les Racines du Ciel, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rouen trip maker app.

You can drive from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Rouen sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: La Roche d'Oetre (in Saint-Philbert-sur-Orne), Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise) and Cimetières Militaires (in Ranville). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, explore and take pictures at Omaha Beach, and try to win big at Hippodrome Deauville La Touques.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Bayeux sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 5 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mont-Saint-Michel: Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets), Parc Regional Basse Normandie (in Domfront) and La Michaudiere - Ferme du Cheval de Trait (in Juvigny-sous-Andaine). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel, get great views at Pointe D'Agon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Hyeres.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Porquerolles Island (Plage d'Argent, Plage de la Courtade, &more), La Certosa di La Verne (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Le Lavandou (Plage de Jean Blanc, Plage d'Aiguebelle, &more). There's still lots to do: make a splash at Aquavillage Parc, relax in the rural setting at Var Lamas, kick back and relax at Plage de l'Almanarre, and get outside with Sentier sous marin.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hyeres trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Hyeres takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in September, with highs in Hyeres at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car 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 Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Sainte-Maxime (Port de Sainte-Maxime, Zipline, &more), Etangs de Villepey (in Saint-Aygulf) and Saint-Tropez (Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, Rondini, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Sublim Sky, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Chateau, and make a splash at Aqualand Frejus.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael driving holiday planning site.

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. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Castellane

— 5 nights
Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Castellane: Fort Vauban (in St Vincent les Forts), Lac de Saint-Apollinaire (in Saint Apollinaire) and Waterworld (in Puget-sur-Argens). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, and look and learn at Observatory (Observatoire Astronomique de Bauduen).

Plan my day in Castellane using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Castellane in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Castellane

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: River Rafting & Tubing (in Breil-sur-Roya), Grotte du Vallonnet (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin) and Aqua Sport Evasion (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Place Massena, and kick back and relax at Castel Plage.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

You can drive from Castellane to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Castellane in October, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.