44 days in France Itinerary

44 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route planner

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Gerardmer
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Annecy
— 7 nights
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Saorge
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Saint Florent
— 5 nights
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Propriano
— 6 nights
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Cassis
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Albi
— 2 nights
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Pau
— 3 nights
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Arcachon
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Saint Martin de Re
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Gerardmer

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get outside with Lac de Lispach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gerardmer trip planner.

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

Things to do in Gerardmer

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Annecy

— 7 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Annecy and Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy. Visit Eglise Saint-Francois and Chateau de Thorens for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Annecy: Mountain Twister (in Hauteluce), Cascade d'Angon (in Angon) and Plage de Doussard (in Doussard). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plages de Saint Jorioz, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Duingt, head outdoors with Le Thiou, and let the kids burn off some steam at Base de Loisirs des Ilettes.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Annecy road trip app.

Traveling by car from Gerardmer to Annecy takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Annecy are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saorge.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Saorge

— 3 nights
Saorge is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. Visit Monastere de Saorge and La madone del Poggio for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Vieux Tende and Valley of Wonders (La Vallee des Merveilles). Explore Saorge's surroundings by going to Pont du Coq (in La Brigue) and Lantosque (Via Ferrata des Canyons de Lantosque & Col de Turini). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St-Sauveur.

Plan trip to Saorge with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Annecy to Saorge by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Annecy in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Saorge, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Saint Florent.

Things to do in Saorge

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Saint Florent

— 5 nights
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nonza Beach and Macinaggio Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Plage de la Roya and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Florent: Marine d'Albo (in Ogliastro), Bastia (Plage de l'Arinella & Oratoire de la Confrerie de Sainte Croix) and Cavallieri D'indi Stella (in Borgo).

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Saint Florent day trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Saorge to Saint Florent. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Propriano.

Things to do in Saint Florent

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Propriano

— 6 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plage Cupabia and Campomoro Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Route de Bavella. Get out of town with these interesting Propriano side-trips: Plage de Tizzano (de l'Avena) (in Tizzano), Alta Rocc'Anes (in Serra-di-Scopamene) and Plage de Porto Pollo (in Porto Pollo). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi, stroll through Plage de San Giovanni, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Bains de Baracci.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Propriano online trip maker.

Getting from Saint Florent to Propriano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Propriano can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Cassis.

Things to do in Propriano

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Cassis

— 3 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 Sentier Littoral. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de la Grande Mer and Plage du Capelan. Step out of Cassis with an excursion to Plage de Renecros in Bandol--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get outside with Visite des Calanques, and take in the waterfront at Port de Cassis.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cassis travel route tool.

Fly from Propriano to Cassis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Albi.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Albi

— 2 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the striking features of Palais de la Berbie, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and then surround yourself with nature on Albi Croisieres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Le Quartier Du Castelviel, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then head outdoors with Circuit d'Albi.

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You can fly from Cassis to Albi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cassis in July: high temperatures in Albi hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Pau.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Passerelle d'Holzarte has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Grotte de La Verna and Col Bagargui. Boulevard des Pyrenees and Eglise Saint Martin will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Foret de Bastard, head outdoors with Stade Nautique, and explore the historical opulence of Château de Pau.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pau driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Albi to Pau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Pau can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arcachon.

Things to do in Pau

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Plage du Petit Nice and Banc D'arguin. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Croisiere Jouvence and Parc de la Cheneraie. Venture out of the city with trips to Cap-Ferret (Notre Dame des Flots & Plage de l'Horizon). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Bassin d'Arcachon, get outside with Lac de la Magdeleine, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Passes, and kick back and relax at Plage Truc Vert.

For traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Arcachon itinerary planner.

Drive from Pau to Arcachon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Arcachon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint Martin de Re.

Things to do in Arcachon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Martin de Re

— 6 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. Step out of the city life by going to Plage de la Conche des Baleines and Plage de l'Arnerault. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Citadelle Vauban and Eglise Saint-Martin de Saint-Martin-de-Re. Take a break from Saint Martin de Re with a short trip to Phare des Baleines in Saint Clement des Baleines, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Gros Jonc, head outdoors with La Cabane Verte, look for gifts at Les Papas Confituriers, and take some stellar pictures from Clocher Observatoire.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Martin de Re attractions planning website.

You can drive from Arcachon to Saint Martin de Re in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Arcachon in August: highs in Saint Martin de Re hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saumur.

Things to do in Saint Martin de Re

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Saumur

— 2 nights

Pearl of Anjou

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
On the 13th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale de Candes-Saint-Martin, do a tasting at Chateau du Petit Thouars, and then admire the striking features of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Caves Louis de Grenelle, learn about winemaking at Langlois-Chateau, and then do a tasting at Ackerman.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Saumur day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Saint Martin de Re to Saumur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Martin de Re in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Saumur, with lows around 13°C. On the 15th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Saumur

Wineries · Historic Sites

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.