45 days in France Itinerary

45 days in France Itinerary

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45 days in France Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Nice
— 7 nights
train:  30​min
2
Antibes
— 4 nights
train:  15​min
3
Cannes
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
4
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Marseille
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Versailles
— 4 nights
train:  15​min
8
Paris
— 10 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Norfolk

7
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Saint-Paul de Vence. Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Entrevaux (La Citadelle d'Entrevaux & Musee de la Moto d'Entrevaux), Menton (Basilica St. Michel & Palmes Beach) and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Promenade Le Corbusier & Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastère de Cimiez, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of the Old Chateau.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice online holiday planner .

Norfolk, USA to Nice is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Norfolk to Nice. Traveling from Norfolk in May, you will find days in Nice are a bit cooler (69°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Antibes.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Menton, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Vence, Entrevaux, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Find places to stay May 22 — 30:
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Promenade Le Corbusier ©
Promenade Le Corbusier

4
nights
Antibes

Antibes ©
The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Haut de Cagnes. Do your shopping at GALERIE art Le CAMELEON and Verrerie Pierini. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso, visit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), get to know the resident critters at Marineland, and take an in-depth tour of Musee National Fernand-Leger.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Antibes travel website .

Antibes is just a stone's throw from Nice. May in Antibes sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Cannes.

Things to do in Antibes

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Biot, St-Paul-de-Vence, Scuba & Snorkeling, Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, Haut de Cagnes
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:
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Haut de Cagnes ©
Haut de Cagnes
Musee Picasso ©
Musee Picasso

5
nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lérins Islands and Musee du Parfum Fragonard. Visit Le Suquet and Rue d'Antibes for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon (in Gourdon), CitroMuseum (in Castellane) and Musee Des Tourneurs Sur Bois (in Aiguines). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, browse the fresh offerings at Marche Forville, examine the collection at Villa Domergue, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cannes trip maker website .

Cannes is just a stone's throw from Antibes. In June, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Grasse, Mougins, Musee Des Tourneurs Sur Bois, Ile Saint-Honorat, Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 8:
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins ©
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chapelle Sainte Roseline and Le Musee des Arts Et Traditions Populaires. Visit Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Plage de Cavaliere (in Le Lavandou), Galerie Regard (in Sainte-Maxime) and Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial (in Draguignan).

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saint-Raphael online trip planner .

Saint-Raphael is very close to Cannes. Traveling from Cannes in June, expect nights in Saint-Raphael to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Draguignan, Plage de Cavaliere, Chapelle Sainte Roseline, Musee des Troupes de Marine, Galerie Regard
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
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Total Xscape ©
Total Xscape
Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael ©
Galerie Regard ©
Galerie Regard

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Vallon des Auffes. Museum-lovers will appreciate Chateau de Grignan and Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran. Venture out of the city with trips to Arles (St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) & Eglise St-Trophime), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Palais des Papes (in Avignon). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Parc national des Calanques, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tarascon, steep yourself in history at Chateau d'If, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Marseille tour builder .

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Montelimar, Arles, Carrieres des Lumieres, Chateau de Grignan, Palais des Papes
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 17:
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Vallon des Auffes ©
Vallon des Auffes
Chateau de Grignan ©
Chateau de Grignan

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Normandy American Cemetery and Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe (in La Cambe), Hotel de Beaumont (in Valognes) and Musee de la Batterie de Merville (in Merville-Franceville-Plage). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, see the interesting displays at Lace Conservatory in Hotel du Doyen (Dentelle de Bayeux), stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux visit planner .

You can fly from Marseille to Bayeux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Marseille in June, with highs in Bayeux at 69°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Versailles.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Caen, Colleville-sur-Mer, Tour Vauban de La Hougue, Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, Musee D-Day Omaha
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:
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Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Batterie de Merville ©
Musee de la Batterie de Merville

4
nights
Versailles

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Château de Sully-sur-Loire and Briare aqueduct Pont-canal de Briare. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palace of Versailles and Grand Canal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Versailles: Basilique de Saint-Mathurin (in Larchant), Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord) and Rouen (Gros-Horloge, Historial Jeanne d’Arc, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of The Trianons & The Hamlet, admire the landmark architecture of Le Grand Trianon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte Elisabeth de Hongrie, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Breteuil.

Plan trip to Versailles with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Bayeux to Versailles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rouen, Chateau de Breteuil, Briare aqueduct Pont-canal de Briare, Basilique de Saint-Mathurin, Chateau de La Roche-Guyon
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 25:
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Briare aqueduct Pont-canal de Briare ©
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Château de Sully-sur-Loire ©
Château de Sully-sur-Loire

10
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Eiffel Tower and Sainte-Chapelle will appeal to history buffs. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Musee Somme 1916 (in Albert), Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy) and Carriere Wellington (in Arras). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum, take a stroll through Latin Quarter, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Saint-Étienne d'Auxerre.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris sightseeing planner.

Paris is just a short distance from Versailles. In June, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Reims, Amiens, Eglise Saint-Denis-de-l'Estree, Cathédrale Saint-Étienne d'Auxerre, Chateau de Chantilly
Find places to stay Jun 25 — Jul 5:
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Musee Marmottan Monet ©
Musee Marmottan Monet
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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