45 days in France Itinerary

45 days in France Itinerary

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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 2 nights
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
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Biarritz
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Calvi, Corsica

— 3 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Visit Plage de Bussaglia and Plage Ile Rousse for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Arinella and Algaio Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Calvi: Eglise de l'Assomption (in Cateri), Eglise de Sant'Antonino (in Sant'Antonino) and Phare de la Pietra (in Ile Rousse). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola, make a trip to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, delve into the distant past at Village abandonné d'Occi, and contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi.

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New York City, USA to Calvi is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Calvi, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Calvi are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 4 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio and Eglise Sainte Croix will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Grottes de Bonifacio and Plage du Petit Sperone. Change things up with these side-trips from Bonifacio: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Propriano), Plage de Tizzano (de l'Avena) (in Tizzano) and Plage de Campomoro (in Belvedere-Campomoro). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, head outdoors with Calalonga Plage, take a leisurely stroll along Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, and contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel.

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Traveling by car from Calvi to Bonifacio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Calvi in August, Bonifacio is slightly colder at night with lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marseille

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque and Cours Mirabeau. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Roman Theatre of Orange and Abbaye du Thoronet. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Colorado Provencal (in Rustrel), Lac de Sainte-Croix (in Aiguines) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, and do a tasting at Chateau La Coste en Provence.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Escape the urban bustle at Espiguette Beach and La Grotte de Trabuc. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau des Baux de Provence and La Bambouseraie en Cevennes. Venture out of the city with trips to Nimes (Jardins de la Fontaine & Tour Magne), Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Site Archeologique de Glanum, don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Montmajour, take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and admire the striking features of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Arles trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Arles sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 4 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Get outdoors at Gorges de l'Ardeche and La Ferme aux Crocodiles. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval and Chateau de Grignan. Change things up with these side-trips from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: Grotte de Saint Marcel (in Bidon), Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar) and Forteresse de Mornas (in Mornas). The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, Head underground at Escale Aventure, examine the collection at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip builder site.

You can drive from Arles to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Clermont-Ferrand

— 2 nights

France's Liverpool

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
On the 22nd (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Telepherique du Sancy, get outside with Lac Pavin, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Murol, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Nectaire, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at L'Aventure Michelin, stroll around Jardin Lecoq, look for all kinds of wild species at Volcano Park of Lemptegy, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tournoel, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Portaberaud.

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Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Clermont-Ferrand takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in August, things will get slightly colder in Clermont-Ferrand: highs are around 78°F and lows about 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocamadour

— 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Remparts du Chateau, Head underground at Grottes de Lacave, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, then contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse, and finally meet the residents at Parc Animalier de Gramat. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Musée de l'insolite, steep yourself in history at Grotte du Pech-Merle, steep yourself in history at Commanderie des Templiers, then see the interesting displays at Musee Champollion, and finally examine the collection at Insectopia.

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You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Rocamadour in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Rocamadour, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, explore the striking landscape at Les Grottes de Maxange, then steep yourself in history at Château de Biron, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil, and finally make a trip to Eglise Saint Louis.

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Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

La Rochelle

— 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Phare des Baleines and Association Hermione-La Fayette. Get some historical perspective at Le phare de chassiron and Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines. Explore La Rochelle's surroundings by going to La Cite de L'Huitre (in Marennes), L'Ouvre Boites (in Le Bois-Plage-en-Re) and Fort Boyard (in Fouras). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, and get great views at Clocher Observatoire.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Rochelle holiday maker tool.

Getting from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to La Rochelle by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in August, plan for little chillier days in La Rochelle, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Azay-le-Rideau

— 2 nights
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
On the 31st (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Loches, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes Petrifiantes, then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, and finally don't miss a visit to Château de l'Islette. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of La Forteresse de Montbazon, then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St-Etienne, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Azay-le-Rideau day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Azay-le-Rideau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Azay-le-Rideau sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Honfleur

— 3 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa and Musee Villa Montebello. Palais Benedictine and Notre Dame de Grace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Honfleur side-trips: Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde (in Etretat), Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Rue du Gros-Horloge, &more) and Abbaye de Jumieges (in Jumieges). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Trouville, don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and kick back and relax at Deauville Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Honfleur vacation maker.

Drive from Azay-le-Rideau to Honfleur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Azay-le-Rideau in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Honfleur, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Popular historic sites such as Pointe du Hoc and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Airborne Museum and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Venture out of the city with trips to Church of Sainte-Mère-Église (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Pegasus Bridge) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Musee de la Batterie de Merville, get engrossed in the history at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), kick back and relax at Omaha Beach, and pause for some photo ops at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux travel route builder website.

Drive from Honfleur to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 3 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Explore hidden gems such as Centre Historique and Pointe du Grouin. Get some cultural insight at Fort La Latte and Musee Christian Dior. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Malo: Cap d'Erquy (in Erquy), Chateau de Fougeres (in Fougeres) and Cap Fréhel (in Plevenon). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, steep yourself in history at Menhir du Champ Dolent, enjoy breathtaking views from Les Remparts de Dinan, and browse the fresh offerings at Marche aux Huitres.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Biarritz

— 4 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Get in touch with nature at La Cote des Basques and Grottes de Betharram. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Château de Pau and Phare de Biarritz. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biarritz: Hendaye (Chateau Observatoire Abbadia & Plage d'Hendaye), Boulevard des Pyrenees (in Pau) and Lourdes (Grotte de Massabielle & Chateau Fort of Lourdes). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Ecomuseum Marquèze, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier du Littoral, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Biarritz tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Saint-Malo to Biarritz in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Saint-Malo in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Biarritz, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Biarritz

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.