45 days in France Itinerary

45 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route planner

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Fly
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Nice
— 7 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 6 nights
Shuttle to Geneva, Fly to Rennes
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 5 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay), Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette) and Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron). Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nice trip maker app.

Medellin, Colombia to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Medellin in June: highs in Nice hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Marseille

— 5 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes), Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Cours Mirabeau, &more) and Trolib (in Cassis). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and stop by The Panier.

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Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Montpellier (Cathedrale St-Pierre & Musee Fabre), Mas Gabriel (in Caux) and Toulouse (Le Riad du Bien etre & Basilique Saint-Sernin). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chamonix side-trips: Lake Annecy (in Annecy) and Reserve Naturelle (in Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval). Next up on the itinerary: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get outside with Les Gorges de la Diosaz, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc de Merlet, and take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chamonix tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Chamonix in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): trek along Poney Club de Combourg and then hike along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then stroll through Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and then steep yourself in history at Mont Saint-Michel.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Chamonix to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Deauville Beach (in Deauville City), Ferme Manoir du Champ Versant (in Bonnebosq) and Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Cimetières Militaires). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, take in the history at Omaha Beach, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Rouen

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee de Mecanique Naturelle), Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers) and Honfleur (Pont de Normandie, Vieux Bassin, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, make a trip to La maison sublime, wander the streets of St-Leu, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Rouen road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Rouen sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Paris

— 8 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Water Parterres, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Rouen in July, you will find days in Paris are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.