44 days in France Itinerary

44 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Nice
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hyeres
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Marseille
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
+6
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly + Foot + Train + Bus:  7 h 45 min
6
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Bayeux
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
8
Paris
— 7 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Cape Town

6
nights
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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nice using our trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Nice is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cape Town to Nice, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cape Town in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Nice, with highs around 32°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villefranche-sur-Mer
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

5
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), Port Grimaud (Port Grimaud Beach & Church St Francis of Assisi) and Plage de Guerrevieille (in Grimaud). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, kick back and relax at Abel Baliff Beach, stroll through Les Balcons du Cap Roux, and make a splash at Aqualand Frejus.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael road trip app.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Frejus, Grimaud, Waterworld lake of gaudrade, Plage du Chateau
Highlights from your plan
Plage du Chateau ©
Plage du Chateau
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Aqualand Frejus ©
Aqualand Frejus

5
nights
Hyeres

Hyeres ©
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. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle & Plage de Cavaliere), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de Cabasson & Plage de la Faviere) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Almanarre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage De Peno, trek along Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hyeres trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hyeres, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Le Pradet, Scuba & Snorkeling, Plage De Peno
Highlights from your plan
Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier
Plage de l'Almanarre ©
Plage de l'Almanarre
Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere

5
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Cassis (Port de Cassis, Plage de l’Arene, &more) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, try to win big at Casino Barriere de Cassis, head off the coast to Chateau d'If, and make a trip to Moulin Le Pain Blanc.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille visit planner.

Drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Marseille, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cassis, Aix-en-Provence, Moulin Le Pain Blanc, Route des Cretes
Highlights from your plan
Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, trek along Mayronnes Sculpture Trail, learn about winemaking at Chateau Guery, and get outside with Eaurizon.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Marseille to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Lac de la Cavayere ©
Lac de la Cavayere

5
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Get out of town with these interesting Mont-Saint-Michel side-trips: Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal (in Brehal), Genets (Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel & Beach of Genets) and Zoo de Champrepus (in Champrepus). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Plat Gousset, and pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Mont-Saint-Michel by combination of train, flight, and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from Carcassonne in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Genets, Juvigny-sous-Andaine, Parc Regional Basse Normandie, Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, Ecomusee de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James ©
Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Ranville (Pegasus Bridge & Cimetières Militaires), Falaise (Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant & Eglise Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais) and Ouistreham Beach (in Ouistreham). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux attractions site.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Bayeux are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ranville, Falaise, Colleville-sur-Mer, Hermanville War Cemetery, Memorial de Caen
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant ©
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant

7
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris planning tool.

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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