52 days in France Itinerary

52 days in France Itinerary

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52 days in France Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rouen
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Versailles
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
4
Paris
— 5 nights
train:  15​min
5
Marne-la-Vallee
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h
6
Nice
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
7
Cannes
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
8
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
train:  15​min
9
Frejus
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Avignon
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
11
Marseille
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
12
Ferrette
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
13
Brest
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
14
Arras
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + train:  3​h 45​min
15
Strasbourg
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
16
La Rochelle
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Lisbon


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4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, and examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux route builder website .

Lisbon, Portugal to Bayeux is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Bayeux, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in September, expect Bayeux to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Omaha Beach, Mont Saint-Michel, Airborne Museum, Normandy American Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

4
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Honfleur (Vieux Bassin, Pont de Normandie, & more), Palais Benedictine (in Fecamp) and Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Les Jardins D'Etretat). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, don't miss a visit to Vieux, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rouen tour app .

Drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Rouen, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a train to Versailles.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Honfleur, Etretat, Palais Benedictine
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

2
nights
Versailles

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the striking features of The Trianons & The Hamlet, make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles, then don't miss a visit to The Hall of Mirrors, then don't miss a visit to Palace of Versailles, and finally don't miss a visit to The Water Parterres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin de Versailles, and then don't miss a visit to La laiterie de propreté.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Versailles itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Rouen to Versailles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Fondation Claude Monet
Highlights from your plan
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet

5
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

Discover how to plan a Paris trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Paris is just a stone's throw from Versailles. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Marne-la-Vallee.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Marne-la-Vallee

Marne-la-Vallee ©
As a "new town" best known for its Euro Disney Park and resorts, Marne-la-Vallée is a modern family resort town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Disneyland Paris. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): stop by Disney Village, then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Paris, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Barthelemy. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at La Vallee Village, buy something for everyone on your list at Val d'Europe, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Marne-la-Vallee trip itinerary maker .

Marne-la-Vallee is very close to Paris. In September, daily temperatures in Marne-la-Vallee can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Marne-la-Vallee

Shopping Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Disney Village ©
Disney Village
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Val d'Europe ©
Val d'Europe

4
nights
Nice

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.
Go for a jaunt from Nice to St-Paul-de-Vence to see Saint-Paul de Vence about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Marineland, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice road trip planning site .

Do a combination of train and flight from Marne-la-Vallee to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marne-la-Vallee in September, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Marineland, Saint-Paul de Vence, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Marineland ©
Marineland

2
nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
On the 23rd (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands and then wander the streets of Le Suquet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get some fabulous bargains at Le Musee du Parfum, see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum Fragonard, then take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, and finally take a stroll through La Croisette.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cannes travel website .

Traveling by train from Nice to Cannes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cannes, with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Grasse
Highlights from your plan
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

4
nights
Saint-Raphael

Go for a jaunt from Saint-Raphael to Tanneron to see Lac de Saint-Cassien about 38 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael day trip planning tool .

Saint-Raphael is just a short distance from Cannes. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can take a train to Frejus.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Jets'Cool, Lac de Saint-Cassien
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Calanque de Maubois ©
Calanque de Maubois

2
nights
Frejus

Fréjus is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It neighbours Saint-Raphaël, effectively forming one town. On the 29th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then identify plant and animal life at Base Nature Francois Leotard, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Zoologique de Frejus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then make a trip to Site de Malpasset, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloitre de la Cathedrale de Frejus, and finally kick back and relax at Frejus Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Frejus day trip planning site .

Frejus is just a stone's throw from Saint-Raphael. September in Frejus sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Frejus

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Frejus Beach ©
Frejus Beach

4
nights
Avignon

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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Avignon route website .

Drive from Frejus to Avignon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gordes, Pont du Gard, Distillerie A. Blachere, Carrieres des Lumieres
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

4
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
When in Marseille, make a side trip to see Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence, approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and head off the coast to Chateau d'If.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip planner .

Take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Marseille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Ferrette.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calanques, Cours Mirabeau, Laser game Evolution
Highlights from your plan
Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Calanques ©
Calanques

2
nights
Ferrette

Ferrette ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee du Sapeur Pompier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jacques, then play a few rounds at Golf de LaLargue, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Morimont, and finally explore the ancient world of Castle Landskron.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ferrette online tour planner .

Explore your travel options from Marseille to Ferrette with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Marseille in October, with highs in Ferrette at 19°C and lows at 7°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brest.

Things to do in Ferrette

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Chateau du Morimont, Musee du Sapeur Pompier, Eglise Saint Jacques, Golf de LaLargue, Castle Landskron
Highlights from your plan
Castle Landskron ©
Castle Landskron
Grotte des Nains ©
Grotte des Nains
Musee du Sapeur Pompier ©
Musee du Sapeur Pompier

3
nights
Brest

Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Fanny de Laninon et Jean Quemeneur, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oceanopolis, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee national de la Marine. Keep things going the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, look for all kinds of wild species at Vallon du stang Alar, and then stroll through Sentier des douaniers.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Brest trip builder website .

Drive from Ferrette to Brest in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Brest can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brest

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Sentier des douaniers
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Oceanopolis ©
Oceanopolis
Sentier des douaniers ©
Sentier des douaniers

3
nights
Arras

Arras ©
Arras is just small enough for you to enjoy over a leisurely walk along the two great squares providing a splendid collection of 155 unique façades of Flemish baroque architecture, with stop at the many bars and cafés along the way for refreshments.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Bailleul Road East Cemetery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Carriere Wellington, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally wander the streets of Place des Heros. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Le Beffroi d'Arras, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Arras route builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Brest to Arras in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Arras, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Arras

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Amiens
Highlights from your plan
Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery ©
Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens ©
Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens

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nights
Strasbourg

Strasbourg ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller), Little Venice (in Colmar) and Place Stanislas (in Nancy). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, appreciate the history behind Place Kleber, and stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Strasbourg itinerary planner .

Getting from Arras to Strasbourg by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Place Stanislas, Little Venice, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Highlights from your plan
La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Place Stanislas ©
Place Stanislas
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©

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nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the activities along Vieux Port, make a trip to Porte de la Grosse-Horloge, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, and finally make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo de La Palmyre and then learn about all things military at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Rochelle trip itinerary app .

Do a combination of flight and car from Strasbourg to La Rochelle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Strasbourg in October since evenings lows in La Rochelle dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Zoo de La Palmyre
Highlights from your plan
Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Towers of La Rochelle ©
Towers of La Rochelle

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