54 days in France Itinerary

54 days in France Itinerary

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54 days in France Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Nice
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hyeres
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Marseille
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
+6
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly + Foot + Train + Bus:  7 h 45 min
7
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Etretat
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Rouen
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
11
Paris
— 6 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Phoenix

5
nights
Nice

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Plage du Soleil (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris), Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Antibes (Musee Picasso & Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take a peaceful walk through Pitchoun Forest, and get your game on at SENSAS Nice.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nice online tour planner .

Phoenix, USA to Nice is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Phoenix to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in September, expect nights in Nice to be little chillier, around 65°F, while days are colder, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Antibes, Vallauris, Vieux-Village, Pitchoun Forest, Saint-Paul de Vence
Highlights from your plan
SENSAS Nice ©
SENSAS Nice
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

5
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Sainte-Maxime (Zipline, Domaine de La Pierre Plantee, &more), Plage le Magellan (in Theoule sur Mer) and Saint-Tropez (Plage des Canebiers, La Ponche Beach, &more).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael trip planner.

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. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saint-Raphael when traveling from Nice in September, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sainte-Maxime, Saint-Tropez, Frejus, Theoule sur Mer, Waterworld lake of gaudrade
Highlights from your plan
Plage du Chateau ©
Plage du Chateau
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Abel Baliff Beach ©
Abel Baliff Beach

6
nights
Hyeres

Hyeres ©
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. Venture out of the city with trips to La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle & Le Cap Lardier), Le Lavandou (Plage de Jean Blanc & Plage d'Aiguebelle) and Sentier du Littoral (in Saint-Tropez). There's lots more to do: stroll through Plage noire du Langoustier, hike along Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, kick back and relax at Plage du Pradeau, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Remarquable l'Hardy - Denonain.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hyeres road trip site .

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Saint-Tropez, Le Pradet, La Croix-Valmer, Grimaud
Highlights from your plan
Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier
Plage La Capte ©
Plage La Capte
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Paul Cezanne’s Studio, &more), Le Bois des Lutins (in Peypin) and Mini Garden Golf de Provence (in Bouc-Bel-Air). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, trek along Foret de Roustagnon, get outside with Route des Cretes, and see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip builder site .

You can drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, La Ciotat, Le Bois des Lutins, Laser game Evolution
Highlights from your plan
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), Mines de Bruoux (in Gargas) and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, do a tasting at Distillerie A. Blachere, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon tour app .

Traveling by train from Marseille to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Avignon are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Gordes, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Carrieres des Lumieres, Chateau Pesquie, Mines de Bruoux
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

4
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Carcassonne to Albi to see Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, get to know the fascinating history of La Cite Medievale, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carcassonne holiday builder.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Perdu, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Highlights from your plan
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
La Cite Medievale ©
La Cite Medievale

2
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Venture out of the city with trips to Juvigny-sous-Andaine (La Michaudiere & La Ferme du Cheval de Trait), Parc Regional Basse Normandie (in Domfront) and Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Carcassonne to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Carcassonne in October, plan for little chillier days in Mont-Saint-Michel, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Juvigny-sous-Andaine, Parc Regional Basse Normandie, Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
Highlights from your plan
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

5
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Vallee des Moulins (in Fermanville), Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Cimetières Militaires) and Flamanville (La Ferme aux Cinq Saisons & Golf Paysan). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, contemplate the long history of Omaha Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Ranville, Caen, Flamanville, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery

4
nights
Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Etretat: Cimetiere Militaire de Saint Valery en Caux (in Saint-Valery-en-Caux) and Veules-les-Roses (Le Fleuve La Veules & Les Cressonnieres). The adventure continues: make a trip to Falaises d'Etretat, tee off at Golf d'Etretat, walk around Les Jardins D'Etretat, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Pecheries.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Etretat trip builder app .

Drive from Bayeux to Etretat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Etretat sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Etretat

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fecamp, Veules-les-Roses, Cimetiere Militaire de Saint Valery en Caux
Highlights from your plan
Golf d'Etretat ©
Golf d'Etretat
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers

5
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Vieux Bassin (in Honfleur), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens (in Amiens). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, head outdoors with Le Jardin Potager de Miromesnil, grab your bike and head to Veloroute du Lin, and stroll the grounds of Dieppe Canadian Cemetery.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rouen online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Etretat to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Rouen are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Martin-de-Boscherville, Ferme Nature Chez Poly, Le Jardin des Sculptures Chateau de Bois Guillbert, Caresse de Tigre, Vieux Bassin
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

6
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Montmartre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris online trip itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Paris sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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