44 days in France Itinerary

44 days in France Itinerary

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Gerardmer
— 2 nights
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Annecy
— 7 nights
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Saorge
— 3 nights
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Saint Florent
— 5 nights
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Propriano
— 6 nights
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Drive to Ajaccio, Ferry to Toulon, Drive to Cassis
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Cassis
— 3 nights
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Albi
— 2 nights
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Pau
— 3 nights
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Arcachon
— 4 nights
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Saint Martin de Re
— 6 nights
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Gerardmer

— 2 nights
On the 8th (Thu), head outdoors with Lac de Lispach, relax and rejuvenate at Spa Les Chenes Blancs, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Barthelemy. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Champ de Roches, then admire the sheer force of Cascade de la Merelle, then take in the dramatic scenery at Le Saut de la Bourrique, and finally explore the activities along Lac de Gerardmer.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Gerardmer trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Gerardmer is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Gerardmer can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Annecy.

Things to do in Gerardmer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Annecy and Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cascade d'Angon and Plage de Sevrier. Change things up with these side-trips from Annecy: Mountain Twister (in Hauteluce), Plage de Doussard (in Doussard) and Chateau de Thorens (in Thorens-Glieres). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plages de Saint Jorioz, trek along Chemin des Contrebandiers, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Duingt, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Francois.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Annecy trip planner.

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 in Annecy, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can 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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monastere de Saorge and Eglise St-Sauveur. Get some historical perspective at Vieux Tende and La madone del Poggio. Change things up with these side-trips from Saorge: Lantosque (Via Ferrata des Canyons de Lantosque & Col de Turini) and Pont du Coq (in La Brigue). Next up on the itinerary: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Wonders (La Vallee des Merveilles).

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Saorge road trip site.

You can drive from Annecy to Saorge in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Annecy in July, Saorge is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Florent.

Things to do in Saorge

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Saint Florent

— 5 nights
Popular historic sites such as Citadella and Oratoire de la Confrerie de Sainte Croix are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nonza Beach and Macinaggio Beach. Explore Saint Florent's surroundings by going to Marine d'Albo (in Ogliastro), Plage de l'Arinella (in Bastia) and Cavallieri D'indi Stella (in Borgo).

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saint Florent road trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Saorge to Saint Florent. In July, daytime highs in Saint Florent are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Propriano.

Things to do in Saint Florent

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Propriano

— 6 nights
Get outdoors at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Plage De Roccapina. Get some historical perspective at Filitosa and Menhirs Paddaghhu. Explore Propriano's surroundings by going to Coti-Chiavari (Plage Cupabia & Plage de Portigliolo), Plage de Tizzano (de l'Avena) (in Tizzano) and Plage de Porto Pollo (in Porto Pollo). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Mare e Sole, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and explore and take pictures at Route de Bavella.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Propriano trip planning app.

You can drive from Saint Florent to Propriano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) 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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de la Grande Mer and Bestouan Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Atlantide and Plage du Corton. Get out of town with these interesting Cassis side-trips: Bandol (Plage du Capelan & Sentier Littoral). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Cape Canaille, take in the waterfront at Port de Cassis, and get a dose of the wild on Trolib.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Cassis trip itinerary website.

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. In July, daily temperatures in Cassis can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Albi.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Albi

— 2 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Porte du Vainqueur, don't miss a visit to Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Dreche, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, admire the landmark architecture of Palais de la Berbie, then catch all the local highlights with Albi Croisieres, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Quartier Du Castelviel.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Albi trip tool.

You can fly from Cassis to Albi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cassis in August: high temperatures in Albi hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Pau.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Wildlife

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.
Passerelle d'Holzarte has been added to your itinerary. Boulevard des Pyrenees and Eglise Saint Martin will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grotte de La Verna and Stade Nautique. Go for a jaunt from Pau to Larrau to see Col Bagargui about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Foret de Bastard, get outside with Acrobranches de la Foret des Vert Tiges, and browse the exhibits of Château de Pau.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pau day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Albi to Pau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Croisiere Jouvence and Plage du Petit Nice. Visit Banc D'arguin and Plage de l'Horizon for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Arcachon to Cap-Ferret to see Notre Dame des Flots about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Bassin d'Arcachon, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Passes, kick back and relax at Plage Truc Vert, and get outside with Lac de la Magdeleine.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Arcachon vacation 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint Martin de Re.

Things to do in Arcachon

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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. You'll get in some beach time at Plage de la Conche des Baleines and Plage de l'Arnerault. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Citadelle Vauban and Phare des Baleines. Get out of town with these interesting Saint Martin de Re side-trips: Chateau de la Greve (in Saint-Martin-des-Noyers), Prieure de Grammont (in Saint-Prouant) and L’eglise Notre-Dame du Vieux Pouzauges (in Pouzauges). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Plage Gros Jonc, make a trip to Clocher d'Ars, head outdoors with La Cabane Verte, and get great views at Clocher Observatoire.

Plan my day in Saint Martin de Re using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Arcachon to Saint Martin de Re takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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 18th (Wed), do a tasting at Ackerman, then Head underground at Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier, then contemplate the long history of Le Mystere des Faluns - Les Perrieres, and finally Head underground at Troglodytes & Sarcophages. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): do a tasting at Caves Louis de Grenelle, then do a tasting at Chateau du Petit Thouars, then pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale de Candes-Saint-Martin, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saumur attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Martin de Re to Saumur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Martin de Re in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Saumur, with lows of 13°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Nature

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.