52 days in France Itinerary

52 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 7 nights
Train to Dol De Bretagne, Taxi to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Etretat
— 1 night
Drive
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Rouen
— 6 nights
Fly
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Cauterets
— 2 nights
Fly to Lyon, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 6 nights
Drive
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 7 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Andon
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 9 nights
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Paris

— 7 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 find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paris journey planner.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in February, expect Paris to be cooler, temps between 9°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and then steep yourself in history at Mont Saint-Michel.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel journey app.

Getting from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel by combination of train and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In February in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Etretat

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, and then see the interesting displays at Musee des Pecheries.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Etretat itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Etretat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. February in Etretat sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Etretat

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Rouen

— 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Deauville Beach (in Deauville City), Normandy American Cemetery (in Colleville-sur-Mer) and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux (in Bayeux). On the 21st (Mon), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Le Touquet Beach. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cauterets.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Cauterets

— 2 nights
Revered as a spa town and ski resort, Cauterets is a leisurely place well known for its abundant, naturally warm thermal springs and winter sports, such as skiing.
On the 24th (Thu), hit the slopes at Station de Ski Luz Ardiden. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on Caminando and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pont d'Espagne.

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You can fly from Rouen to Cauterets in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Cauterets

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

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Chamonix

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chamonix: Esf la Clusaz (in La Clusaz), Les Carroz-d'Araches (Les Carroz, Station de Ski, ESI Grand Massif, &more) and Megeve (Megeve Raquettes, Skiprosmegeve, &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and hit the slopes at Domaine des Planards.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cauterets to Chamonix takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Macot-la-Plagne

— 7 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Macot-la-Plagne: Tignes (The Development Centre - Tignes & Snowtubing Tignes), Val d'Isere (SkiBro Technologies & Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere) and Lanslebourg Mont Cenis (Les Massages de Laurent - Bien Etre et Soins & Lac du Mont-Cenis).

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Macot-la-Plagne online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Macot-la-Plagne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Macot-la-Plagne can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Marseille

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Musee des Chantiers Naval), Chateau de L'Hauture (in Fos-Sur-Mer) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the world behind art at MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain, take a stroll through The Panier, and hike along Foret de Roustagnon.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Marseille day trip tool.

Getting from Macot-la-Plagne to Marseille by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Macot-la-Plagne in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Marseille. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Riviera golf de Barbossi (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Tanneron (Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois & Massif du Tanneron) and Golf de Roquebrune Resort (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, trek along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, stroll through Parcours Decouverte : Les Activites Traditionnelles de la Vallee de la Mole, and appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael tour planning site.

Drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Andon.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Andon

— 3 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Andon: Presbytère (in Puget Theniers), Canyon Cote d'Azur (in Puy-Saint-Pierre) and Village de Bargeme (in Bargeme).

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Andon day trip website.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Andon in 2 hours. In March in Andon, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Andon

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nice

— 9 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: Cannes (Square Mistral, Lérins Islands, &more), Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more) and Menton (Jardin du Palais Carnoles, Les Jardins Bioves, &more). The adventure continues: visit Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, and steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris.

To find maps and other tourist information, refer to the Nice travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Andon to Nice in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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.