46 days in France Itinerary

46 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 7 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
Bus to Lyon, Fly to Caen
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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Marseille

— 3 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 Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, take a stroll through The Panier, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere de la Treille, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Marseille route builder website.

Mobile, USA to Marseille is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Mobile to Marseille. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mobile in September, with highs in Marseille at 79°F and lows at 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Church of Les Jacobins). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne journey site.

Getting from Marseille to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: La Maison Carree (in Nimes), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Avignon route planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez

— 6 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Tropez: Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Eglise Saint-Trophyme, Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas, &more), Plage noire du Langoustier (in Hyeres) and Le Lavandou (Plage de Cavaliere & Plage d'Aiguebelle). The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Guerrevieille, kick back and relax at Plage de Sylvabelle, and view the masterpieces at Galerie Regard.

Discover how to plan a Saint-Tropez trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Avignon to Saint-Tropez in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Saint-Tropez are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue d'Antibes, &more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and make a trip to Place Massena.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nice online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and train. When traveling from Saint-Tropez in September, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Chamonix to Annecy to see Lake Annecy about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Aiguille du Midi, take in the dramatic natural features at Grotte de Glace, identify plant and animal life at Aiguilles Rouges, and hit the slopes at Domaine des Planards.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Chamonix in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Pont de Normandie (in Honfleur) and Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chamonix to Bayeux in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee de Mecanique Naturelle), Versailles (The Water Parterres, Palace of Versailles, &more) and Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and stop by Le Marais.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Paris travel planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · 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.