57 days in France Itinerary

57 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 7 nights
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Rouen
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
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Chambord
— 2 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 7 nights
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Avignon
— 7 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
Fly to Ajaccio-Napoléon Bonaparte Airport, Drive to Serra-di-Ferro
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Serra-di-Ferro, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Calvi, Corsica
— 5 nights
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Paris

— 7 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Sainte-Chapelle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Museum and Palace of Versailles. Change things up with a short trip to The Trianons & The Hamlet in Versailles (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris tour planner.

Perth, Australia to Paris is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Perth in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Paris, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Rouen

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fondation Claude Monet and Cote Sainte-Catherine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Musee de Mecanique Naturelle (in Giverny), Honfleur (Vieux Bassin & Saint Catherine's Catholic Church) and Chemin des Sources Bleues (in Vieux-Port). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, and visit Rue du Gros-Horloge.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rouen visit planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get some historical perspective at Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Cimetières Militaires. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), German War Cemetery (in Orglandes) and Hotel de Beaumont (in Valognes). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames, get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Rouen to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 3 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mont Saint-Michel and Pointe du Roc. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and Basilique de Notre Dame de Pontmain. Get out of town with these interesting Mont-Saint-Michel side-trips: L'Aigrette, Pauses Natures en baie (in Saint-Jean-le-Thomas) and Fougeres (Eglise Saint-Sulpice de Fougeres & Chateau de Fougeres). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Chambord.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Chambord

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Domaine National de Chambord and then make a trip to Chateau de Chambord. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Villesavin.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chambord online day trip planner.

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Chambord in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Chambord can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Chambord

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 3 nights
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Chambert. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Castelnaud and Chateau de Beynac. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Castelnaud-la-Chapelle: Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac (in Salviac), Musee Zadkine (in Les Arques) and Chateau de Bonaguil (in Saint-Front-sur-Lemance).

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Fly from Chambord to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 7 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.
Get some historical perspective at Cité de Carcassonne and Church of Les Jacobins. Get a sense of the local culture at O'Vineyards and Basilique Saint-Sernin. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi), Musee des Augustins (in Toulouse) and Navivoile (in Canet-en-Roussillon). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Just, and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Carcassonne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Avignon

— 7 nights

City of Popes

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palais des Papes and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get some cultural insight at Pont d'Avignon and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Venture out of the city with trips to Decouverte du Vivant (in Sanary-sur-Mer), Marseille (Cimetiere de la Treille & Le Vieux Port) and Bandol (Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales & Villa des Flo). And it doesn't end there: pedal to the sights with Trolib, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon, and steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Avignon trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nice

— 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Lérins Islands. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Venture out of the city with trips to Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Cannes (Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, Le Suquet, &more) and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Easy Dive, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Nice driving holiday planner.

Getting from Avignon to Nice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Serra-di-Ferro.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Serra-di-Ferro, Corsica

— 3 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Serra-di-Ferro side-trips: Le Jardin des Abeilles (in Ocana), Tour de Capo Di Muro (in Coti-Chiavari) and Plateau de Coscione (in Aullene). It doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with Porto Pollo Plongee and look for all kinds of wild species at Etang de Tanchiccia.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Nice to Serra-di-Ferro. October in Serra-di-Ferro sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Calvi.

Things to do in Serra-di-Ferro

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Calvi, Corsica

— 5 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Citadelle de Calvi and Couvent Saint-Francois d'Orezza. Get some historical perspective at Village abandonné d'Occi and Clocher-Phare de Canari. Get out of town with these interesting Calvi side-trips: Bastia (Glacieres de Cardo & Oratoire de la Confrerie de Sainte Croix), Conservatoire du Costume du Cap Corse (in Canari) and Galeria Marina (in Galeria). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola, don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, explore the fascinating landscape at Desert des Agriates, and take in the views from Ponte Novu.

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Drive from Serra-di-Ferro to Calvi in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Calvi

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

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.