49 days in France Itinerary

49 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route planner

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Marseille
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Lyon
— 7 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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Strasbourg
— 6 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Marseille

— 6 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in La Ciotat), Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet) and Villa des Flo (in Bandol). Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, and wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip app.

Recife, Brazil to Marseille is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Recife to Marseille, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Recife in December; daily highs in Marseille reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 6 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.
Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Montpellier (Cathedrale St-Pierre & Musee Fabre), Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin, Le Riad du Bien etre, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at S Room Agency, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Lyon

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Lake Annecy (in Annecy), Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, Musee de Grenoble, &more) and Spas (in Chambery). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, stroll through Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Lyon trip builder website.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne in December, expect nights in Lyon to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 4th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel route planner.

Fly from Lyon to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: La Compagnie des Terroirs (in Caen), Honfleur (Pont de Normandie, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more) and Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bayeux trip planner.

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Strasbourg: Nancy (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy & Place Stanislas), Domaine Viticole Dischler (in Wolxheim) and Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, don't miss a visit to Old Town, awaken your taste buds at VinoRoute - Oenotourisme en Alsace, and wander the streets of La Petite France.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg tour planner.

Getting from Paris to Strasbourg by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In January in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nice

— 8 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Musee Picasso & Marché provençal), A.I.R. Vallauris (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue d'Antibes, &more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and get a new perspective on things with Easy Dive.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice route builder.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Strasbourg in January, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.