57 days in France Itinerary

57 days in France Itinerary

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57 days in France Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+3
Fly + Train + Bus + Train:  29 h
1
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Etretat
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Rouen
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Paris
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  5 h
6
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Avignon
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
8
Marseille
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Nice
— 10 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mont-Saint-Michel: Juvigny-sous-Andaine (La Michaudiere & La Ferme du Cheval de Trait), Parc Regional Basse Normandie (in Domfront) and Pointe D'Agon (in Agon-Coutainville). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, take a memorable tour with Tours, visit a coastal fixture at Pointe du Roc, and contemplate the long history of Maison de l'Artichaut.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel vacation planner.

Sydney, Australia to Mont-Saint-Michel is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or fly. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Mont-Saint-Michel at 17°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Juvigny-sous-Andaine, Granville, Parc Regional Basse Normandie, Pointe du Grouin du Sud, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Cidrerie-Distillerie Theo Capelle (in Cherbourg-Octeville), Pont-L'Eveque (Les Dominicaines, Espace Culturel & Artotheque & Calvados Experience) and Flamanville (La Ferme aux Cinq Saisons & Golf Paysan). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, try to win big at Hippodrome de Clairefontaine, examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and steep yourself in history at Maison de la Liberation.

Plan my day in Bayeux using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pont-L'Eveque, Colleville-sur-Mer, Flamanville, Cidrerie-Distillerie Theo Capelle, 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

5
nights
Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Explore Etretat's surroundings by going to Cimetiere Militaire de Saint Valery en Caux (in Saint-Valery-en-Caux), Abbaye du Valasse (in Gruchet-le-Valasse) and Veules-les-Roses (Les Cressonnieres, Eglise Saint-Martin, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Falaises d'Etretat, head outdoors with Cote d'Albatre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), and tee off at Golf d'Etretat.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Etretat tour builder site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Etretat in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Etretat can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Veules-les-Roses, Fecamp, Le Tilleul, Cimetiere Militaire de Saint Valery en Caux, Abbaye du Valasse
Highlights from your plan
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Musee des Pecheries ©
Musee des Pecheries
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers

5
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Abbaye de Jumieges (in Jumieges), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Ferme Nature Chez Poly (in Caorches-Saint-Nicolas). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, head outdoors with Le Jardin Potager de Miromesnil, make a trip to Rue Eau de Robec, and stroll around Balygoo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rouen road trip app.

You can drive from Etretat to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Rouen sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Veloroute du Lin, Golf du Champ de Bataille, Le Circuit de Decouverte, Abbaye de Jumieges, Ferme Nature Chez Poly
Highlights from your plan
Veloroute du Lin ©
Veloroute du Lin
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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

Plan my trip to Paris with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Take a bus from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Paris sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, explore the world behind art at La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco, learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, and don't miss a visit to Notre Dame du Cros.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Paris to Carcassonne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Promenade a Cheval La Marisma), Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles) and Tapiezo (in Roussillon). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, do a tasting at Caveau Xavier Vignon - Domaine de Beaumalric, don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Carpentras, Gordes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Caveau Xavier Vignon - Domaine de Beaumalric, Cave Ourouse
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma

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: Calanque de Port-Miou (in Cassis), Virtual Room Toulon (in La Valette-du-Var) and La Ciotat (Musee des Chantiers Naval & Route des Cretes). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and hike along Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

You can take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, La Ciotat, Hyeres, Sentier Jean Francois Jube
Highlights from your plan
Calanque de Port-Miou ©
Calanque de Port-Miou
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

5
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres), Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette (in Le Lavandou) and La Certosa di La Verne (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sainte-Maxime, Cogolin, Frejus, Notre Dame d‘Afrique, Grimaud Karting Loisir
Highlights from your plan
Total Xscape ©
Total Xscape
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Chartreuse de la Verne ©
Chartreuse de la Verne

10
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Musee National Fernand-Leger (in Biot), Cap Moderne (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin) and Laser Quest Antibes (in Antibes). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, get your game on at SENSAS Nice, and take some stellar pictures from Mt Boron.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in June, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Menton, Antibes, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Musee National Fernand-Leger
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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