43 days in France Itinerary

43 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route planner

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 1 night
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Hyeres
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles & Palace of Versailles). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

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Brussels, Belgium to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. Traveling from Brussels in August, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, then pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, then head outdoors with Omaha Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Colleville-sur-Mer tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Paris to Colleville-sur-Mer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Paris in August, you will find days in Colleville-sur-Mer are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 28th (Sat), make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel route planner.

Traveling by car from Colleville-sur-Mer to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. August in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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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.
Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Oliv'Air, L'air des Vasques du Quercy (in Gramat), Chateau de Bridoire (in Ribagnac) and Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, don't miss a visit to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, and admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda visit planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August, you will find days in Sarlat-la-Caneda are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Basilique Saint-Sernin (in Toulouse), Terre Liquide (in Mons) and Parc de la Prehistoire (in Tarascon-sur-Ariege). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · 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: Cassis (Trolib & Calanques), Marseille (Biere de la Plaine & Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde) and Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, take in breathtaking views at Base Canyon de la Besorgues, head outdoors with GEO Ardeche Canyon, and do a tasting at Chateau de la Gardine.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Avignon online visit planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Avignon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 5 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Hyeres: Plage Notre Dame (in Porquerolles Island), Le Lavandou (Plage de Cavaliere & Plage de Jean Blanc) and La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle & Heraclee Beach). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe, walk around Parc St Bernard, kick back and relax at Plage du Pradeau, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de l'Almanarre.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hyeres day trip planning site.

You can drive from Avignon to Hyeres in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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 Tanneron (Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois & Lac de Saint-Cassien), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Sainte-Maxime (Port de Sainte-Maxime & Zipline). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Maubois, trek along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Vinaigre.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael online journey planner.

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. In September in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Nice

— 7 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins), Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso) and Cannes (Galerie1414, Lérins Islands, &more). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Place Massena, and sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice.

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Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: 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 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.
Go for a jaunt from Chamonix to Annecy to see Lake Annecy about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head outdoors with Les Gorges de la Diosaz, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, and stroll through Glacier des Bossons.

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Drive from Nice to Chamonix in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.