45 days in France Itinerary

45 days in France Itinerary

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Biarritz
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Angers
— 4 nights
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Vannes
— 3 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Honfleur
— 4 nights
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Paris
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Biarritz

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, stroll through La Cote des Basques, don't miss a visit to Phare de Biarritz, then appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chateau Observatoire Abbadia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Hendaye, then stop by L'Atelier du Piment, then take an in-depth tour of Villa Arnaga, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basque Museum (Musee Basque).

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Biarritz trip planner.

New York City, USA to Biarritz is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In August, Biarritz is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 77°F and lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Biarritz

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 4 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 a sense of the local culture at Cité de Carcassonne and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Chateau Royale de Collioure. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau), Eglise Notre Dame des Anges (in Collioure) and Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Queribus, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, and learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Biarritz to Carcassonne by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Biarritz in August, you will find days in Carcassonne are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Avignon

— 4 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palais des Papes and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Sentier des Ocres and Chateau des Baux de Provence. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Mines de Bruoux (in Gargas), Aix-en-Provence (Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre & Cours Mirabeau) and Chateau La Coste en Provence (in Le Puy-Sainte-Reparade). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Distillerie A. Blachere, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez

— 3 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Discover out-of-the-way places like Abbaye du Thoronet and Plage du Debarquement. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de l'Escalet and Heraclee Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Tropez: Plage de la Faviere (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Le Lavandou (Plage de Cavaliere, Plage de Jean Blanc, &more). There's more to do: stroll through Plage de Sylvabelle and kick back and relax at Port Grimaud 1 Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Tropez online holiday planner.

Getting from Avignon to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nice

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Vieille Ville and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Le Suquet, La Croisette, &more), Le Petit Vigneau Winery (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Antibes (Notre-Dame de Bon Port & Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Ville medieval, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice holiday planner.

Take a train from Saint-Tropez to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. When traveling from Saint-Tropez in August, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina. On your second day here, get outside with Plage du Grand Sperone, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, then take a leisurely stroll along Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, and finally kick back and relax at Plage de Canetto.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bonifacio online holiday builder.

Fly from Nice to Bonifacio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Bonifacio: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Angers.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Angers

— 4 nights

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. You'll explore and learn at Musee des Blindes and Chateau de Brissac. Change things up with these side-trips from Angers: La Forteresse de Montbazon (in Montbazon), Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier (in Louresse-Rochemenier) and Le Cadre Noir (in Saumur). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, explore the historical opulence of Château de l'Islette, admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, and don't miss a visit to Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Angers day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Angers takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In August, Angers is a bit cooler than Bonifacio - with highs of 76°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Vannes.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Vannes

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Gulf

Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
Ville Close de Concarneau and Rochefort-en-terre will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cite Medievale de Guerande and Saint Corentin Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vannes: Cimetiere de Bateaux de KERHERVY (in Locmiquelic), Sous-Marin Flore (in Lorient) and Centre Historique de Pont-Aven (in Pont-Aven). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Chateau de Suscinio, steep yourself in history at Le Grand Blockhaus, take a leisurely stroll along Port De St Goustan, and take a stroll through Place Henri IV.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vannes trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Angers to Vannes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Angers in August, expect nights in Vannes to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Vannes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

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.
Pointe du Grouin and Cap Fréhel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centre Historique and Fort La Latte. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Malo: Abbaye de Beauport (in Paimpol), Chateau de Fougeres (in Fougeres) and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Les Remparts de Dinan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint-Malo Cathedral, browse the fresh offerings at Marche aux Huitres, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort National.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Malo road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Vannes to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Normandy American Cemetery and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Get some cultural insight at Memorial de Caen and Pointe du Hoc. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont) and Hotel de Beaumont (in Valognes). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, steep yourself in history at Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, and take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Honfleur

— 4 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Vieux Bassin. Relax by the water at Deauville Beach and Plage de Trouville. Venture out of the city with trips to Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre (in Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux), Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers, Falaises d'Etretat, &more) and Palais Benedictine (in Fecamp). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Grace, take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Joseph, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Honfleur using our trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Honfleur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Paris

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau Royal de Blois and Orléans Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Paris visit planner.

You can drive from Honfleur to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Paris sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.