42 days in France Itinerary

42 days in France Itinerary

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42 days in France Itinerary

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

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: Chateau De La Biere (in Lonlay-l'Abbaye), Abbaye de Hambye (in Hambye) and Granville (Pointe du Roc & Plage du Plat Gousset). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pointe D'Agon, don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord, and hike along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel road trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Mont-Saint-Michel is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Mont-Saint-Michel. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Mont-Saint-Michel to be much colder, temps between 12°C and 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Plage de Vauville (in Vauville), Energie Paintball (in Putanges-Pont-Ecrepin) and RS Simulation (in Mondeville). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, kick back and relax at Baie d'Ecalgrain, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux road trip planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. In December in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Plage de Vauville, Energie Paintball, Normandy American Cemetery, D-Day Monument, 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux (Mediatheque Le Pressoir & Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, kick back and relax at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Du Tilleul, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Pecheries.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen day trip planner .

Drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux, Etretat, Plage Du Tilleul, Musee des Pecheries, Atelier2
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up 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
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Room Escape Games). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu, admire the masterpieces at La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco, and learn about winemaking at Chateau Du Donjon.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Paris to Carcassonne by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toulouse, Mount Perdu
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Mount Perdu ©
Mount Perdu

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Atelier et Musee du Santon (in Collobrieres), Beaumes-de-Venise (Nuances du Sud & Caveau Xavier Vignon - Domaine de Beaumalric) and La Cavale (in Cucuron). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, head outdoors with Cheval Enjeu, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and learn about winemaking at La Cave de Bonnieux.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Avignon day trip site .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Avignon, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Tours Wineries

Side Trips

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, & more), Hyeres (Notre Dame de Consolation & Giens Peninsula) and Virtual Room Toulon (in La Valette-du-Var). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, stop by Le Cassetin du Diable, browse the collection at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Marseille road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Avignon to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Notre Dame De Constance & La Certosa di La Verne), Sainte-Maxime (Domaine des Beaucas & Kelys) and Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael journey website .

Drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cogolin, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Frejus, Sainte-Maxime, Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres
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Domaine Val d'Iris ©
Domaine Val d'Iris
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Mont Vinaigre ©
Mont Vinaigre

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Musee Picasso), Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, get great views at Mt Boron, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. 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 Nature

Side Trips

Antibes, Galerie Lifetime Gallery, Lérins Islands, Eglise St Pierre & Paul
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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