42 days in France Itinerary

42 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
2
Bayeux
— 4 nights
3
Rouen
— 4 nights
4
Paris
— 5 nights
5
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
6
Avignon
— 4 nights
7
Marseille
— 5 nights
8
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
9
Nice
— 6 nights

3
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Change things up with these side-trips from Mont-Saint-Michel: Granville (Pointe du Roc & Plage du Plat Gousset), Chateau De La Biere (in Lonlay-l'Abbaye) and Abbaye de Hambye (in Hambye). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, make a trip to Pointe du Grouin du Sud, and stroll through Pointe D'Agon.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel online tour itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Mont-Saint-Michel is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get much colder in Mont-Saint-Michel: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Genets, Granville, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, Pointe D'Agon, Pointe du Grouin du Sud
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Pointe D'Agon ©
Pointe D'Agon
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James ©

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Energie Paintball (in Putanges-Pont-Ecrepin), RS Simulation (in Mondeville) and Plage de Vauville (in Vauville). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, have fun at Centre Aquatique Ocealis, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Energie Paintball, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Centre Aquatique Ocealis, Normandy American Cemetery, Parc des Forges de Varenne
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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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
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux (Mediatheque Le Pressoir & Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre), Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Du Tilleul, try out the rides at Cahem, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rouen sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux, Etretat, Plage de Benerville sur Mer, Fondation Claude Monet, Musee des Pecheries
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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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

5
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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, visit Le Marais, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paris holiday maker app.

You can drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Room Escape Games). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, fly down the slopes at Station de Ski Montclar, and make a trip to Carriere De Marbre Rouge Du Roy.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Carcassonne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toulouse, Mount Perdu
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Room Escape Games
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Cavale (in Cucuron), Cheval Enjeu (in Vaugines) and Beaumes-de-Venise (Nuances du Sud & Caveau Xavier Vignon - Domaine de Beaumalric). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and learn about winemaking at La Cave de Bonnieux.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon route maker.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Avignon are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Beaumes-de-Venise, La Cavale, Cheval Enjeu, Le Sentier Des Ocres De Roussillon, Les Falaises d'Escalade
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

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 Marseille's surroundings by going to Laser game Evolution (in Les-Pennes-Mirabeau), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Virtual Room Toulon (in La Valette-du-Var). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, have some family-friendly fun at Laser Game Evolution Toulon, see the interesting displays at Musee des Chantiers Naval, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste.

Plan a Marseille trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Avignon in December: highs in Marseille hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, La Ciotat, Six-Fours-les-Plages, Cassis, Hyeres
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Virtual Room Toulon ©
Virtual Room Toulon

4
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Sainte-Maxime (Domaine des Beaucas & Kelys), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Notre Dame De Constance & La Certosa di La Verne) and Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, take in the awesome beauty at Mont Vinaigre, partake in some friendly competition at Total Xscape, and get to know the fascinating history of Sac a Main en Liege.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael road trip website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cogolin, Sainte-Maxime, Frejus, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Notre Dame d‘Afrique
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Domaine Val d'Iris ©
Domaine Val d'Iris
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Total Xscape ©
Total Xscape

6
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), Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Chapelle Saint-Bernardin, &more) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). There's lots more to do: stop by Vieille Ville, get a taste of the local shopping with Avenue Jean Medecin, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, and make a trip to Place Massena.

To see photos and other tourist information, read Nice online holiday planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Nice sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Antibes, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Galerie Lifetime Gallery, Lérins Islands
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Place Massena ©
Place Massena

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