48 days in France Itinerary

48 days in France Itinerary

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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Colmar
— 3 nights
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Dijon
— 3 nights
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Troyes
— 3 nights
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Reims
— 3 nights
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Paris
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Rouen
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 3 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
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Biarritz
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Arles
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Nice
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Lyon

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Appreciate the collections at Hameau Duboeuf and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Institut & Musee Lumiere and Fresque des Lyonnais are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Lyon, make a side trip to see La Roche de Solutre in Solutre-Pouilly, approximately Solutre-Pouilly away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon and get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lyon travel route site.

Milan, Italy to Lyon is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lyon, with lows of 19°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Colmar.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Colmar

— 3 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Get in touch with nature at La Piscine and Lac de Longemer. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musée d'Unterlinden and Les Fortifications de Neuf-Brisach. Take a break from Colmar with a short trip to Lac de Lispach in La Bresse, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Musee du Memorial des Combats de la Poche de Colmar, steep yourself in history at Maison Schongauer, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville de Turckheim, and learn about winemaking at Domaine Gruss & Fils.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Colmar driving holiday planner.

Fly from Lyon to Colmar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Colmar can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Dijon.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Dijon

— 3 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon and La Maison du Comte. Museum d'Histoire Naturelle and Musee d'Art Sacre will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Dijon's surroundings by going to Arbois (Eglise Saint-Just d'Arbois & Maison de Louis Pasteur). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Place de la Liberation, contemplate the long history of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, admire the masterpieces at Palace of the Dukes, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Archeologique.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dijon holiday maker tool.

You can take a train from Colmar to Dijon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Dijon are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Troyes.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Troyes

— 3 nights

Jerusalem of Stained Glass

Many half-timbered houses from the 16th century remain in wonderful condition in the old town of Troyes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul and Champagne A. Viot et Fils. Get a sense of the local culture at Champagne Albert Beerens and Champagne Drappier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Troyes: Cimetiere Polonais d'Urville (in Urville) and Chassenay d'Arce (in Ville sur Arce). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Grimpobranches, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise-Saint-Pantaleon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Remy, and do a tasting at Champagne Remy Massin et fils.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Troyes trip builder.

Traveling by car from Dijon to Troyes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Troyes can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Reims.

Things to do in Troyes

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Reims

— 3 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fort de la Pompelle and Hotel Le Vergeur Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Champagne Canard-Duchene and Abbaye Saint-Jean-des-Vignes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reims: Donjon de Septmonts (in Septmonts) and Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial (in Fere-en-Tardenois). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, learn about winemaking at Champagne Lallement Massonnot, see the interesting displays at Musee Automobile Reims, and trek along Champagne Route (Route Touristique du Champagne).

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Reims route maker.

Drive from Troyes to Reims in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Troyes in August, Reims is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Paris

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Orsay and Atelier des Lumieres. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, and see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris journey builder app.

Getting from Reims to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Reims in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in Paris. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Historial Jeanne d’Arc and Musee Secq des Tournelles. St. Maclou's Church and Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Chateau d'Harcourt (in Harcourt), Cathedrale Notre Dame de Evreux (in Evreux) and Abbey of Bec-Hellouin (in Le Bec-Hellouin). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, head outdoors with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, contemplate the long history of Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Maison Pierre Corneille.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rouen trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Rouen, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Omaha Beach and Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944. Get a sense of the local culture at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema and Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Caen (Quartier du Vaugueux & Eglise Saint-Pierre). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Musee D-Day Omaha, witness the site of a historic battle at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, and tee off at Golf Omaha Beach.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Rouen to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 3 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Christian Dior and Beach of Genets. Get some cultural insight at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel and Musee de la Mer et de l'Ecologie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mont-Saint-Michel: Granville (Pointe du Roc, Musee d'Art Moderne Richard Anacreon, &more) and Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel (in Avranches). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel, steep yourself in history at Maison de Bertrand du Guesclin, make a trip to Pointe du Grouin du Sud, and take some stellar pictures from Cabane Vauban.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel travel route planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Clermont-Ferrand

— 3 nights

France's Liverpool

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
You'll explore and learn at L'Aventure Michelin and ASM EXPERIENCE - L'immersion Rugby. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cascade du Rossignolet and Le Puy du Pariou. Get out of town with these interesting Clermont-Ferrand side-trips: L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine (in City of Issoire), Notre-Dame d'Orcival (in Orcival) and Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy (in Saint-Nectaire). The adventure continues: get outside with Le Lac Chambon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port, relax in the rural setting at Ferme Gaec de l'Oiseau, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame de Chamalieres.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Clermont-Ferrand trip website.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Clermont-Ferrand takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August, you will find days in Clermont-Ferrand are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at Moulin de la Rouzique and Abri Pataud. Get some cultural insight at Chateau des Milandes and Manoir de Gisson. When in Sarlat-la-Caneda, make a side trip to see Les Grottes de Maxange in Le Buisson-de-Cadouin, approximately Le Buisson-de-Cadouin away. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, take an in-depth tour of Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe, appreciate the history behind Statues des Trois Oies, and get outside with Canoe Dordogne.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Clermont-Ferrand to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Clermont-Ferrand in September, expect nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Biarritz

— 3 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basque Museum (Musee Basque) and Plage du Miramar. Take a break from the city and head to Plage des Cavaliers and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Biarritz to go to Ciboure and see Digue de Socoa, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Grande Plage, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Sainte Madeleine, head outdoors with La Grande Plage, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Asiatica.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Biarritz day trip tool.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Biarritz by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Biarritz, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Vincent, take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, learn about all things military at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante, then do a tasting at Chateau Canet, and finally ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art et d'Histoire, steep yourself in history at Donjon Gilles Aycelin, make a trip to Via Domitia of Narbonne, then see the interesting displays at Musee Archeologique, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne road trip site.

You can drive from Biarritz to Carcassonne in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, play a few rounds at Golf de Servanes, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then contemplate the long history of Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet, and finally steep yourself in history at Moulin de Daudet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Camargue Alpilles Safaris, admire the masterpieces at Espace Van Gogh, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and finally contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Arles trip planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Arles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Arles, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Arles

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marseille

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Sat), examine the collection at Pavillon M, examine the collection at Musee Regards de Provence, then see the interesting displays at Centre de la Vieille Charite, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Foreign Legion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire de Marseille.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary app.

Getting from Arles to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Tours · Transportation · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nice

— 5 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Renoir. Take a break from the city and head to Promenade du Paillon and Rand'eau evasion. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Fort de la Ligne Maginot (in Sainte-Agnes), Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Mala Beach Coastal Path (in Cap d'Ail). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, trek along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, and wander the streets of Vieille Ville.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.