49 days in France Itinerary

49 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France Trip Planner

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Paris
— 1 night
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Amiens
— 4 nights
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Dunkirk
— 2 nights
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Calais
— 1 night
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Dieppe
— 2 nights
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Etretat
— 4 nights
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Honfleur
— 2 nights
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Ville de Lisieux
— 2 nights
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Caen
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Sortosville-en-Beaumont
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
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Brest
— 2 nights
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Nantes
— 2 nights
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Angers
— 2 nights
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Rennes
— 2 nights
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Le Mans City
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Alencon
— 2 nights
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Giverny
— 3 nights
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Paris
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Paris

— 1 night

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.
To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Montreal to Paris. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll set off for Amiens on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife · Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites

Amiens

— 4 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens and St-Leu. Venture out of the city with trips to Mametz War Memorial (in Mametz), Albert (Basilique Notre-Dame de Brebieres & Musee Somme 1916) and Delville Wood War Memorial (in Longueval). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, pause for some photo ops at Horloge Dewailly et Marie-sans-chemise, and take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Amiens travel route planning site.

Drive from Paris to Amiens in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Amiens are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dunkirk.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dunkirk

— 2 nights
Dunkirk is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): learn about all things military at Musee Dunkerque 1940 - Operation Dynamo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Malo-les-Bains, then don't miss a visit to Beffroi de Bergues, and finally steep yourself in history at Wormhoudt Massacre Site. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Le Moulin de la Montagne, see the interesting displays at Blockhaus d'Eperlecques, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gravelines, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Éloi Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle Dune Marchand.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dunkirk trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Dunkirk takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Dunkirk sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Calais.

Things to do in Dunkirk

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Calais

— 1 night

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): examine the collection at Musée de la Guerre de Calais, then stop by Calais Wine Superstore, then take an in-depth tour of Musee 39-45, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cran d'Escalles. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at La Cite De La Dentelle Et De La Mode De Calais, then pause for some photo ops at The Burghers of Calais, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Calais, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Calais sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Dunkirk to Calais in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dieppe.

Things to do in Calais

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Dieppe

— 2 nights
Dieppe, famous for its scallops, is a seaside resort lively all year round.
On the 14th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Musee de Dieppe, then get outside with Les Ailes d'Albatre, then head outdoors with Les Falaises, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint Jacques. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Pont Colbert, enjoy the sea views from Phare d'Ailly, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire de Saint Valery en Caux, head outdoors with Le Fleuve La Veules, then look for all kinds of wild species at Les Cressonnieres, and finally don't miss a visit to Atelier2.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dieppe online attractions planner.

Drive from Calais to Dieppe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Dieppe

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Etretat

— 4 nights
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cote d'Albatre and Plage de Saint-Valery-en-Caux. Take a break from Etretat with a short trip to Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, get outside with Cap Fagnet, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), and stop by La mer a boire.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Etretat travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dieppe to Etretat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Etretat sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Etretat

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Honfleur

— 2 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): snap pictures at Pont de Normandie, make a trip to Vieux Bassin, and then get great views at Panorama Mont-Joli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de l'Hotel de Ville, examine the collection at Appartement Temoin, get advice or help at Bibliotheque Oscar Niemeyer, then see what you can catch with Navigation Normande - Le Havre, then make a trip to Carrousel a Honfleur, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Honfleur trip maker website.

Getting from Etretat to Honfleur by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Honfleur can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ville de Lisieux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Ville de Lisieux

— 2 nights
Lisieux is a town in Lower Normandy that is the second-most visited pilgrimage site in France (after Lourdes).
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire the striking features of Ferme Manoir du Champ Versant, learn about winemaking at Manoir De Grandouet, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge, then see the interesting displays at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience, then examine the collection at Les Dominicaines, Espace Culturel & Artotheque, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetiere militaire Britannique de Saint-Desir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Arbre des Sens, make a trip to Sanctuaire Sainte Therese, then see the interesting displays at Musee d'Art et d'Histoire de Lisieux, then do a tasting at Calvados Boulard, and finally don't miss a visit to Manoir de Coupesarte.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Ville de Lisieux trip itinerary app.

Getting from Honfleur to Ville de Lisieux by car takes about an hour. In September, daytime highs in Ville de Lisieux are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Ville de Lisieux

Museums · Parks · Spas · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Caen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
On the 23rd (Sat), learn insider's secrets on La Compagnie des Terroirs, take a stroll through Quartier du Vaugueux, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Hommes. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Maisons a Pans de Bois, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hermanville War Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Pegasus Memorial, then snap pictures at Pegasus Bridge, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Caen tour planner.

You can drive from Ville de Lisieux to Caen in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Les Falaises d'Arromanches as well as Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Remains Mulberry Harbour and Tour du Nord. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Mont-Saint-Michel (Terrasse de l'Ouest, Barrage sur le Couesnon, &more), Abbaye de Hambye (in Hambye) and Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches (in Villedieu-les-Poeles). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, stop by Au Fin Gousier, and tee off at Golf Omaha Beach.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

Bayeux is just a short distance from Caen. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sortosville-en-Beaumont.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf · Parks

Side Trips

Sortosville-en-Beaumont

— 2 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Church of Sainte-Mère-Église and La Maison du Biscuit. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sortosville-en-Beaumont: Cite de La Mare (in Cherbourg-Octeville), La Fiere Bridge and Iron Mike Monument (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and World War 2 Museum (in Quineville).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sortosville-en-Beaumont trip site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Sortosville-en-Beaumont in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Bayeux to Sortosville-en-Beaumont is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Sortosville-en-Beaumont can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Sortosville-en-Beaumont

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 3 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 3rd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Tour Gabriel, make a trip to Tour de L'Arcade, then make a trip to La Grande Rue, then don't miss a visit to La Porte du Roy, and finally make a trip to Tour Boucle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Le Moulin de Moidrey, get outside with Mont Dol, then head outdoors with Avel Char, then see the interesting displays at Cathedraloscope, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes.

Plan my day in Mont-Saint-Michel using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Sortosville-en-Beaumont to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sortosville-en-Beaumont to Mont-Saint-Michel is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Brest.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brest

— 2 nights
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Vallon du stang Alar, walk around Parc de la Penfeld, visit a coastal fixture at Le Phare du Petit Minou, then enjoy the sea views from Plage du Petit Minou, and finally get outside with Pointe de Kermorvan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Ville de Landerneau, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enclos Paroissial de Guimiliau, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Kerjean, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Paul-Aurelien.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Brest holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Brest takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. October in Brest sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Brest

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Nantes

— 2 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, wander the streets of Place Graslin, then see the interesting displays at Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes, then see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Imprimerie, and finally don't miss a visit to Le lieu unique. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, then examine the collection at Le Maille-Breze, and finally make a trip to Basilique Saint Nicolas.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nantes trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Brest to Nantes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Angers.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Angers

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, see the interesting displays at Musee des Blindes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre de Saumur, then learn about winemaking at Ackerman, and finally learn about winemaking at Langlois-Chateau. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Angers, admire the masterpieces at Galerie David d'Angers, don't miss a visit to Maison d'Adam, admire the masterpieces at Musee Lurcat, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Plessis-Mace, and finally make a trip to Place du Ralliement.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Angers tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Nantes to Angers by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Angers can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Rennes

— 2 nights
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
On the 11th (Wed), make a trip to Chapelle Saint-Yves, make a trip to Place des Lices, then get outside with Canal d'Ille-et-Rance, then examine the collection at Musee de Bretagne, and finally examine the collection at Espace des Sciences. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Parc du Thabor, walk around Parc Hamelin Oberthur, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine, then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Rennes, then get a sense of history and politics at Parlement de Bretagne, and finally make a trip to Place du Champ-Jacquet.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rennes online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Angers to Rennes in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Rennes

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Le Mans City

— 2 nights

Racing Capital

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
On the 13th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Carre Plantagenet, delve into the distant past at Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans, then steep yourself in history at Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de Tesse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans, explore the engaging exhibits at Manoir de la Cour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, then admire the masterpieces at Faienceries d'Art de Malicorne, and finally take an in-depth tour of 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Le Mans City trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Rennes to Le Mans City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Alencon.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Alencon

— 2 nights
Alençon is a commune in Normandy, France, capital of the Orne department. On the 15th (Sun), boost your wellbeing at Spa B'o Resort, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maison Natale de Sainte Therese, and then admire the striking features of Hotel de ville d'Alencon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Ceneri de Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei, then let the kids burn off some steam at Parc des Promenades, then admire the striking features of Halle au Ble, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame d'Alencon.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Alencon trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Le Mans City to Alencon takes an hour. In October, daytime highs in Alencon are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Giverny.

Things to do in Alencon

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Giverny

— 3 nights
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Step off the beaten path and head to Musee de Mecanique Naturelle and Domaine of Villarceaux. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Giverny: Les Jardins Animaliers Biotropica (in Val de Reuil), Evreux (Cathedrale Notre Dame de Evreux & Musee d'Art, Histoire Et Archeologie d'Evreux) and Parc Marcel Dassault (in Beauvais). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Fondation Claude Monet, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Agapanthe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Giverny trip maker tool.

Drive from Alencon to Giverny in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Giverny

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Paris

— 3 nights

City of Light

Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and Le Trocadero et son esplanade. Enjoy Paris some more: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement, see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, and stroll around Parc Monceau.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Giverny to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

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.

Haute-Normandie travel guide

4.2
Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Lookouts
Haute-Normandie, also called Upper Normandy, invites you to its fabulous seaside resorts immortalized by impressionist painters, such as Claude Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro. This historically important region has many fine churches and preserved buildings for you to explore, including the tallest cathedral tower in France. The 120 km (75 mi) of chalk cliffs just south of the English Channel coastline continue to place this region on tourist itineraries. You can charter a large sea vessel or a smaller boat for a trip offering unobstructed views of these magnificent cliffs from the sea.

Basse-Normandie travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Military Museums · Landmarks
Basse-Normandie, also known as Lower Normandy, boasts 470 km (292 mi) of coastline as well as outstanding sites and historical attractions related to the famous D-Day landings on the beaches in June 1944 during World War II. This predominantly agricultural region contains the Cotentin Peninsula extending north-westward into the English Channel. Due to the peninsula's isolation, this area has historical and cultural significance as one of the last remaining strongholds of the Norman language, and a vacation here can one in an entirely different country.

Le Mans travel guide

4.2
Historic Walking Areas · History Museums · Churches
Le Mans is a city in France, on the Sarthe River. Traditionally the capital of the province of Maine, it is now the capital of the Sarthe department and the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Le Mans. Le Mans is a part of the Pays de la Loire region.Its inhabitants are called Manceaux and Mancelles. Since 1923, the city has hosted the internationally famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance sports car race.HistoryFirst mentioned by Claudius Ptolemy, the Roman city Vindinium was the capital of the Aulerci, a sub tribe of the Aedui. Le Mans is also known as Civitas Cenomanorum (City of the Cenomani), or Cenomanus. Their city, seized by the Romans in 47 BC, was within the ancient Roman province of Gallia Lugdunensis. A 3rd-century amphitheatre is still visible. The thermae were demolished during the crisis of the third century when workers were mobilized to build the city's defensive walls. The ancient wall around Le Mans is one of the most complete circuits of Gallo-Roman city walls to survive.

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