44 days in France Itinerary

44 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner

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Gerardmer
— 2 nights
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Annecy
— 7 nights
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Saorge
— 5 nights
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Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Bastia-Poretta Airport, Drive to Bastia
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Bastia
— 7 nights
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Propriano
— 7 nights
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Drive to Ajaccio, Ferry to Toulon, Drive to Cassis
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Cassis
— 4 nights
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Pau
— 3 nights
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Arcachon
— 4 nights
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— 4 nights
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Gerardmer

— 2 nights
On the 3rd (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Barthelemy and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Les Chenes Blancs. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Cascade de la Merelle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Saut de la Bourrique, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Gerardmer.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gerardmer trip itinerary planner.

Wateringen, The Netherlands to Gerardmer is an approximately 7-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Annecy.

Things to do in Gerardmer

Parks · Nature · Spas · Trails

Annecy

— 7 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Annecy and Mountain Twister. You'll get in some beach time at Plages de Saint Jorioz and Plage de Sevrier. Explore Annecy's surroundings by going to Cascade d'Angon (in Angon), Plage de Doussard (in Doussard) and Chateau de Thorens (in Thorens-Glieres). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois, work some fitness into your day at Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy, get outside with Parapente Annecy -Espace 3D, and stroll through Ile des Cygnes.

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

You can drive from Gerardmer to Annecy in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Saorge.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Saorge

— 5 nights
Saorge is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. Explore hidden gems such as Monastere de Saorge and Vieux Tende. Popular historic sites such as Eglise St-Sauveur and La madone del Poggio are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Saorge side-trips: Lantosque (Via Ferrata des Canyons de Lantosque & Col de Turini) and Pont du Coq (in La Brigue). There's still lots to do: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Wonders (La Vallee des Merveilles).

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saorge online trip builder.

Getting from Annecy to Saorge by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Annecy in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Saorge. You'll set off for Bastia on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Saorge

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Bastia

— 7 nights
Bastia is a French commune in the Haute-Corse department of France located in the north-east of the island of Corsica at the base of Cap Corse. Step out of the city life by going to Cascade de l'Ucelluline and Marine de Pietracorbara. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bastia and Plage de l'Arinella. Change things up with these side-trips from Bastia: Torra di Santa Maria Chjapella (in Rogliano), Les Brises de Mer (in San-Nicolao) and Torre d'Erbalunga (in Brando City). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oratoire de la Confrerie de Sainte Croix, take in panoramic vistas at La Tour de Seneque, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at LN Mattei, and head outdoors with Cavallieri D'indi Stella.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bastia trip builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Saorge to Bastia. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Propriano.

Things to do in Bastia

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Propriano

— 7 nights
Get outdoors at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Plage Cupabia. Explore hidden gems such as Plage De Roccapina and Campomoro Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Etang de Tanchiccia (in Serra-di-Ferro), Alta Rocc'Anes (in Serra-di-Scopamene) and Plage de Porto Pollo (in Porto Pollo). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de San Giovanni, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Campomoro, make a trip to Eglise de Notre Dame de Misericorde, and trek along Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Propriano visit website.

Getting from Bastia to Propriano by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Propriano can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Cassis.

Things to do in Propriano

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Cassis

— 4 nights
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trolib and Kayaking & Canoeing. Visiting Plage de la Grande Mer and Plage de Renecros will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Cassis: Bandol (Plage du Capelan & Sentier Littoral). There's more to do: get outside with Cape Canaille and take a leisurely stroll along Port de Cassis.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Cassis day trip website.

You can fly from Propriano to Cassis in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. In July, daytime highs in Cassis are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Pau.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Pau

— 3 nights

Royal City

On the northern edge of the Pyrénées, Pau is the perfect base to explore the mountains and ride the Funiculaire de Pau, a unique historic funicular railway that links the city center and Boulevard des Pyrénées to the railway station Gare de Pau.
You've now added Passerelle d'Holzarte to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grotte de La Verna and Foret de Bastard. Escape the urban bustle at Acrobranches de la Foret des Vert Tiges and Col Bagargui. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint Martin, appreciate the extensive heritage of Boulevard des Pyrenees, get outside with Stade Nautique, and step into the grandiose world of Château de Pau.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pau online trip builder.

Fly from Cassis to Pau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cassis in August, things will get a bit cooler in Pau: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Arcachon.

Things to do in Pau

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Arcachon

— 4 nights
A popular beach resort town on the Atlantic coast, Arcachon offers you fine, sandy beaches and a particularly mild climate said to be favorable to people suffering from pulmonary diseases.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Passes and Basilique Notre-Dame. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Croisiere Jouvence and Bassin d'Arcachon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arcachon: Domaine de Certes et Graveyron (in Audenge) and Cap-Ferret (Notre Dame des Flots & Plage de l'Horizon). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Banc D'arguin, hike along Parc de la Cheneraie, head outdoors with Lac de la Magdeleine, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Truc Vert.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Arcachon trip planner.

Drive from Pau to Arcachon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saint Martin de Re.

Things to do in Arcachon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Martin de Re

— 4 nights
Saint-Martin-de-Ré is a commune in the western French department of Charente-Maritime.It is one of the ten communes located on the Île de Ré.HistoryFortificationsSaint-Martin-de-Ré has extensive fortifications, reflecting the strategic importance of the Île de Ré. Popular historic sites such as Phare des Baleines and Clocher Observatoire are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Plage de la Conche des Baleines and Citadelle Vauban. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Plage Gros Jonc, get outside with La Cabane Verte, look for gifts at Les Papas Confituriers, and don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint-Martin de Saint-Martin-de-Re.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Saint Martin de Re travel route planner.

Getting from Arcachon to Saint Martin de Re by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Arcachon in August, expect nights in Saint Martin de Re to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are slightly colder, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Martin de Re

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.