46 days in France Itinerary

46 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Angers
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Angers
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tours
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 6 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 6 nights
Train
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 6 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg
— 6 nights
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Angers

— 3 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 out of town with these interesting Angers side-trips: Saumur (Musee des Blindes & Domaine de Clos Maurice). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers, examine the collection at Musee du Bon Pasteur, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Giffard, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Angers online trip itinerary maker.

Mobile, USA to Angers is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. When traveling from Mobile in September, plan for little chillier days in Angers, with highs around 73°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Angers

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Saint-Malo

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Malo side-trips: La Grande Vigne (in Dinan), Perros-Guirec (Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, Oratoire de Saint-Guirec, &more) and Ploumanac'h LIghthouse (in Ploumanac'h). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, tour the pleasant surroundings at GR 34, and walk around Parc du Thabor.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Malo trip planner.

You can drive from Angers to Saint-Malo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tours.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Tours

— 3 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tours: Amboise (Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci & Chateau Royal d'Amboise), Chambord (Domaine National de Chambord & Chateau de Chambord) and Les Jardins de l’Ancien Eveche (in Blois). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, don't miss a visit to Château de l'Islette, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, and take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau.

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Getting from Saint-Malo to Tours by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tours can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 6 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Chateau Lestevenie (in Gageac-et-Rouillac), French Wine Adventures (in Saussignac) and Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, don't miss a visit to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda road trip website.

You can drive from Tours to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tours in September, you will find days in Sarlat-la-Caneda are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

Lyon

— 6 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Eglise Sainte-Marie de Saint-Hymetiere (in Saint-Hymetiere), Un Temps Pour Soi (in Chambery) and Annecy (Lake Annecy & La Vieille Ville). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Chateau de Lourmarin (in Lourmarin), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wine Safari, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Lyon to Avignon by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Avignon sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Trolib (in Cassis), Decouverte du Vivant (in Sanary-sur-Mer) and Sentier Littoral (in Bandol). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

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

Drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Marseille sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Nice

— 6 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: Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette) and Antibes (Le Nomade & Musee Picasso). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and awaken your taste buds at Azur Wine Tours.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Nice trip maker tool.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Nice sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Strasbourg

— 6 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Venture out of the city with trips to Domaine Hubert Meyer (in Blienschwiller), Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, indulge your senses at VinoRoute - Oenotourisme en Alsace, don't miss a visit to Eglise des Dominicains Strasbourg, and see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Strasbourg day trip app.

Fly from Nice to Strasbourg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in October, things will get slightly colder in Strasbourg: highs are around 62°F and lows about 45°F. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Wineries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Brittany travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.

Dordogne travel guide

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Castles · Caves · Landmarks
Because this region has escaped overdevelopment, Dordogne is one of France's best kept secrets with historical châteaux, medieval fortresses, prehistoric cave paintings, and Roman remains sprinkled throughout. Legendary stone villages with golden stone houses make this region seem a little like a cross between a fairy tale and a movie set. Canoeing down the River Dordogne is a fantastic way to tour the region, and there are many areas where you can walk, hike, and do your sightseeing on foot. This region, which roughly corresponds with the ancient county of Périgord, remains quite rural and known for its wonderful pâtés.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.