49 days in France Itinerary

49 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 6 nights
Drive
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Angers
— 7 nights
Train
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Chamonix

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Parasailing & Paragliding and Les Gorges de la Diosaz. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, don't miss a visit to Glacier des Bossons, and hit the slopes at Domaine des Planards.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chamonix trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Chamonix is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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.
Bring the kids along to Marineland and Vieille Ville. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes), Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Castel Plage, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nice planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In July in Nice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Bring the kids along to TakSea and Riviera Nature. Venture out of the city with trips to Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron) and Parc Zoologique de Frejus (in Frejus). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, tour the pleasant surroundings at Calanque de Maubois, and look for gifts at Catalan Bougie.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael day trip site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Saint-Raphael. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 6 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Vertical Horizon and Sentier sous marin. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de la Faviere & Fort de Bregancon), Six-Fours-les-Plages (Var Lamas & Plage de la Coudouliere) and Le Lavandou (Plage de Jean Blanc & Plage de Saint-Clair). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Kiddy Parc, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Oursinieres, stroll through Plage La Capte, and stop by Cave de la Capte.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hyeres road trip app.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Avignon

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Base Canyon de la Besorgues and Escale Aventure. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Aven Grotte Forestiere (in Orgnac-l'Aven), Le Museum de l’Ardeche (in Balazuc) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, and get a dose of the wild on Trolib.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Avignon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Avignon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cité de Carcassonne and Mount Perdu. Venture out of the city with trips to Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux), Vallee d'Orlu (in Orlu) and Terre Liquide (in Mons). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
Family-friendly places like Chateau de Castelnaud and Gouffre de Padirac will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix), Grotte des Carbonnieres (in Lacave) and Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium du Perigord Noir, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Commarque, and admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Carcassonne in August since evenings lows in Sarlat-la-Caneda dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Angers.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Angers

— 7 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.
Kids will enjoy Puy du Fou and La Mine Bleue. Change things up with these side-trips from Angers: Le Refuge de l'Arche (in Chateau-Gontier), Nantes (Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne & Les Machines de L'ile) and Bioparc de Doue-la-Fontaine (in Doue-la-Fontaine). Spend the 21st (Sat) in the animal kingdom at ZooParc de Beauval. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and view the masterpieces at Art Chapel Gallery.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Angers route planner.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Angers takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August: highs in Angers hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paris

— 6 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'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Venture out of the city with trips to Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, stop by Le Marais, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Angers to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August in Paris, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

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.