56 days in France Itinerary

56 days in France Itinerary

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56 days in France Itinerary

Start: Nice
1
Nice
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Marseille
— 7 nights
train:  45​min
4
Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Carcassonne
— 5 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h
6
Paris
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Rouen
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Bayeux
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 6 nights
+3
bus + subway + bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Nice

7
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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins), Chapelle des Penitents Blancs (in Peillon) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue Meynadier, & more). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, and have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Nice.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nice day trip tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Nice. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cannes, Antibes, Fort de la Revere, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Galerie Lifetime Gallery
Highlights from your plan
SENSAS Nice ©
SENSAS Nice
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

4
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans), Sainte-Maxime (Domaine des Beaucas & Kelys) and Musee Du Patrimoine (in Grimaud).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael holiday planner .

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Frejus, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Sainte-Maxime, Musee Du Patrimoine, Domaine Val d'Iris
Highlights from your plan
Notre Dame De Constance ©
Notre Dame De Constance
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Domaine Val d'Iris ©
Domaine Val d'Iris

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Six-Fours-les-Plages (Collegiale Saint Pierre, La Maison du Cygne, & more), Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales (in Bandol) and Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, don't miss a visit to Cimetiere militaire franco-italien, and head outdoors with Route des Cretes.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille road trip website .

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, La Ciotat, Six-Fours-les-Plages, Cassis, Porquerolles Island
Highlights from your plan
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Cheval Enjeu (in Vaugines), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Les Falaises d'Escalade (in Buoux). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, do a tasting at Domain du Banneret, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Avignon road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Marseille in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Avignon, with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Beaumes-de-Venise, Cheval Enjeu, Carrieres des Lumieres, Les Falaises d'Escalade
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Room Escape Games). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at Chateau Canet, make a trip to Notre Dame du Cros, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu.

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Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Toulouse, Mount Perdu
Highlights from your plan
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Mount Perdu ©
Mount Perdu

7
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Carcassonne to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carcassonne in January: highs in Paris hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

7
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Honfleur (Place Arthur Boudin, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, & more) and Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, make a trip to La maison sublime, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Du Tilleul, and examine the collection at Musee des Pecheries.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rouen trip planning site .

You can take a bus from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Honfleur, Etretat, Calvados Boulard, Les Dominicaines, Espace Culturel & Artotheque, Atelier2
Highlights from your plan
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

7
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise), Eglise Saint-Germain (in Argentan) and Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei (Eglise Saint-Ceneri de Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei & Chapelle du Petit Saint Ceneri). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Parc des Forges de Varenne, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and make a trip to Ardenne Abbey.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in February, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Caen, Ranville, Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei, Eglise Saint-Germain, Normandy American Cemetery
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

6
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Get out of town with these interesting Mont-Saint-Michel side-trips: Royal Kids (in Saint-Jean-des-Champs), Pointe D'Agon (in Agon-Coutainville) and Genets (Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel & Beach of Genets). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, enjoy the sea views from Pointe du Roc, make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel driving holiday tool .

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Granville, Vains, Genets, L'Abbaye Notre-Dame, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Pointe D'Agon ©
Pointe D'Agon

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