45 days in France Itinerary

45 days in France Itinerary

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

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Room Escape Games). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at Chateau Guery, stroll through Station de Ski Montclar, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne travel tool.

Toulouse to Carcassonne is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time 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

5
nights
Avignon

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 Avignon's surroundings by going to Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Syndicat d'Initiative de Visan (in Visan) and Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, learn about winemaking at Cave Ourouse, take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Avignon trip itinerary 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 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Mediatheque Jean Tortel, Domaine Marcel Richaud, Carrieres des Lumieres, Syndicat d'Initiative de Visan
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

6
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: Aix-en-Provence (Mystery Games, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Presqu'ile de Giens (in Giens) and Hyeres (Couleurs d'enfance, Eglise Saint Louis, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Collegiale Saint Pierre, have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame De Constance.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marseille tour website.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Avignon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Hyeres, La Ciotat, Six-Fours-les-Plages, Cassis
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (La Certosa di La Verne & Domaine Sainte Marie) and Sainte-Maxime (Kelys & Domaine des Beaucas). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, have fun and explore at Maison du Patrimoine, do a tasting at Domaine La Tourraque, and appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael visit planner.

Drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Wineries · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Cogolin, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Sainte-Maxime, Domaine Val d'Iris, Mont Vinaigre
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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins), Antibes (Musee Picasso & Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)) and Cannes (Lérins Islands & Casino Barriere Le Croisette). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 8°C in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Antibes, Cannes, Galerie Lifetime Gallery, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, La Petite Cave de Saint Paul
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Place Massena ©
Place Massena

7
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. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris travel route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nice in January; daily highs in Paris reach 8°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

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

6
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre (in Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux) and Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Vieux Bassin, and kick back and relax at Plage de Benerville sur Mer.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Rouen trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Honfleur, Etretat, Fondation Claude Monet, Musee de l'Emigration Francaise au Canada, Musee des Pecheries
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

7
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Pointe du Grouin du Sud (in Vains), Plage de Vauville (in Vauville) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, have some family-friendly fun at Studio Ca me Chante !, and admire the striking features of Ferme Manoir du Champ Versant.

Start your trip to Bayeux by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Ferme Manoir du Champ Versant, Eglise Saint-Germain, Pegasus Memorial, Parc des Forges de Varenne
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

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