48 days in France Itinerary

48 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Hautefort
— 24 nights
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Albi
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fontainebleau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chartres
— 2 nights
Drive
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Villandry
— 3 nights
Drive
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— 3 nights
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Hautefort

— 24 nights
Hautefort is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.It was part of the former province of Périgord.HistoryThe ancient fortress dates back to the early Middle Ages, as proved by the first document quoting its existence as early as 987. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Hautefort and Eglise Saint-Barthelemy. Shop till you drop at Ferme de la Monediere and Au Comptoir d'Augustine. Change things up with these side-trips from Hautefort: Chateau de Laxion (in Corgnac-sur-l'Isle), Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac (Grotte de Rouffignac & Chateau de l'Herm) and Sorges (Musée de la Truffe & Ferme Andrevias). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Centre International d'Art et du Paysage, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Robert, contemplate the long history of Vieux Pont de Vigeois, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Pompadour.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Hautefort trip itinerary builder site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Limoges Airport, Bergerac-Roumanière Airport and Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport. December in Hautefort sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 34°F at night. You'll set off for Albi on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Hautefort

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Albi

— 2 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile has been added to your itinerary. On the 10th (Thu), examine the collection at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, admire the landmark architecture of Palais de la Berbie, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and finally browse the fresh offerings at The Market Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Cave de Labastide, walk around Chateau Foucaud et parc, admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint-Corneille, then view the masterpieces at Maison Poussou, and finally examine the collection at Musee/Centre d'Art du Vere.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Albi trip builder.

You can drive from Hautefort to Albi in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in January, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Bayeux.

Things to do in Albi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You've now added Cathedrale Notre-Dame to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Aces High Gallery, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Normandie Savoir-Faire. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Abbaye aux Hommes, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, and then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online day trip planner.

You can fly from Albi to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in January, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Sainte-Mere-Eglise

— 2 nights
Sainte-Mère-Église is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in northwestern France. Your day by day itinerary now includes Airborne Museum. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): look for gifts at La Maison du Biscuit, delve into the distant past at La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery), witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, then contemplate the long history of Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain, and finally take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Pointe D'Agon, explore the striking landscape at Cap Carteret, and then identify plant and animal life at Dunes d'Hattainville.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sainte-Mere-Eglise trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Sainte-Mere-Eglise takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Sainte-Mere-Eglise

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Rouen

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You've now added Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen to your itinerary. On the 16th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Cote Sainte-Catherine, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then examine the collection at Musee Secq des Tournelles, then take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, look for all kinds of wild species at Caresse de Tigre, then steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Saint-Wandrille, and finally get engrossed in the history at MuseoSeine.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rouen trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Rouen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Rouen are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Amiens.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Amiens

— 1 night

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
You've now added Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens to your itinerary. On the 18th (Fri), take a stroll through St-Leu, admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally stop by Jean Trogneux. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Vulfran Collegiate Church, don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre-Dame de Brebieres, then pause for some photo ops at Thiepval Memorial, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Delville Wood War Memorial.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Amiens attractions planning website.

Getting from Rouen to Amiens by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Amiens, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Amiens

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Paris

— 3 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.
You've now added Eiffel Tower to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Montmartre, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paris driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fontainebleau.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Fontainebleau

— 2 nights
Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. You've now added Chateau de Fontainebleau to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Fontainebleau. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Barbizon School Museum (Musee de l'Ecole de Barbizon), then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, then take a stroll around L'Empreinte, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Moret-sur-Loing.

For ratings and more tourist information, read our Fontainebleau online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Paris to Fontainebleau in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Chartres.

Things to do in Fontainebleau

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Chartres

— 2 nights
Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
You've now added Chartres Cathedral to your itinerary. On the 24th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Les Fresques de Bel Air and then sample the tasty concoctions at Microbrasserie de Chandres. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get answers to all your questions at Tourist Office of Chartres, then take a stroll through Chartres Historic Preservation Area, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chartres Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chartres route planning app.

Traveling by car from Fontainebleau to Chartres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Villandry.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Villandry

— 3 nights
Villandry is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Chateau de Villandry has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Reserve Zoologique de la Haute-Touche, then admire the natural beauty at Chateau d'Azay Le Ferron, Parc et Jardins, and then stop by La Savonnerie du Zebre. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Chateau de l'Aulee, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache, and then examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Villandry trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Chartres to Villandry in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Villandry, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Villandry

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 3 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Mont Saint-Michel has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): look for gifts at A La Marquise de Presles, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Richard Anacreon, and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel, then stroll through Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pointe D'Agon.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Villandry to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

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.