45 days in France Itinerary

45 days in France Itinerary

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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 2 nights
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
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Biarritz
— 4 nights
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Calvi, Corsica

— 3 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. Visit Plage de Bussaglia and Arinella and Algaio Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Plage de Galeria. Change things up with these side-trips from Calvi: Eglise de l'Assomption (in Cateri), Ile Rousse (Phare de la Pietra & Plage Ile Rousse) and Eglise de Sant'Antonino (in Sant'Antonino). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola, delve into the distant past at Village abandonné d'Occi, see Off-Road Tours, and make a trip to Les Calanche Cliffs.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Calvi tour itinerary app.

New York City, USA to Calvi is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Calvi is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 4 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio and Eglise Saint-Dominique de Bonifacio will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Grottes de Bonifacio and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Change things up with these side-trips from Bonifacio: Plage de Campomoro (in Belvedere-Campomoro) and Plage de Tizzano (de l'Avena) (in Tizzano). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Plage de Rondinara, steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, stroll through Plage du Petit Sperone, and take a leisurely stroll along Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bonifacio day trip tool.

You can drive from Calvi to Bonifacio in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Calvi in August, Bonifacio is slightly colder at night with lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:

Marseille

— 4 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get some cultural insight at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque and Cours Mirabeau. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Roman Theatre of Orange and Cathédrale La Major. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Lac De Sainte Croix (in Aiguines), Colorado Provencal (in Rustrel) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye du Thoronet, admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Marseille online road trip planner.

Getting from Bonifacio to Marseille by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Escape the urban bustle at Espiguette Beach and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau des Baux de Provence and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Venture out of the city with trips to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau), Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes) and Nimes (Jardins de la Fontaine & Tour Magne). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at La Grotte de Trabuc, contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, and admire the striking features of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Arles day trip app.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Arles, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 4 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Get outdoors at Gorges de l'Ardeche and Kayaking & Canoeing. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval and Forteresse de Mornas. Change things up with these side-trips from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte), Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar) and Chateau de Grignan (in Grignan). The adventure continues: Head underground at Escale Aventure, see the interesting displays at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, explore the striking landscape at Le Pont d'Arc, and stop by Cite du Chocolat Valrhona.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip builder site.

You can drive from Arles to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:

Clermont-Ferrand

— 2 nights

France's Liverpool

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
On the 22nd (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Telepherique du Sancy, get outside with Lac Pavin, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Murol, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Nectaire, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at L'Aventure Michelin, stroll around Jardin Lecoq, look for all kinds of wild species at Volcano Park of Lemptegy, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tournoel, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Portaberaud.

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Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Clermont-Ferrand takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in August, things will get slightly colder in Clermont-Ferrand: highs are around 78°F and lows about 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Rocamadour

— 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Remparts du Chateau, Head underground at Grottes de Lacave, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, then contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse, and finally meet the residents at Parc Animalier de Gramat. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Musée de l'insolite, steep yourself in history at Grotte du Pech-Merle, steep yourself in history at Commanderie des Templiers, then see the interesting displays at Musee Champollion, and finally examine the collection at Insectopia.

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You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Rocamadour in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Rocamadour, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, explore the striking landscape at Les Grottes de Maxange, then steep yourself in history at Château de Biron, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil, and finally make a trip to Eglise Saint Louis.

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Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

La Rochelle

— 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Phare des Baleines and Le Bunker de La Rochelle. Get some historical perspective at Le phare de chassiron and Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines. Explore La Rochelle's surroundings by going to L'Ouvre Boites (in Le Bois-Plage-en-Re), Fort Boyard (in Fouras) and La Cite de L'Huitre (in Marennes). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Association Hermione-La Fayette, kick back and relax at Plage de Chatelaillon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont, and get great views at Clocher Observatoire.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle online route planner.

You can drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in August, expect nights in La Rochelle to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are slightly colder, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:

Azay-le-Rideau

— 2 nights
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
On the 31st (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Loches, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes Petrifiantes, then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, and finally don't miss a visit to Château de l'Islette. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of La Forteresse de Montbazon, then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St-Etienne, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Azay-le-Rideau day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Azay-le-Rideau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Azay-le-Rideau sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:

Honfleur

— 3 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa and Historial Jeanne d’Arc. Palais Benedictine and Rue du Gros-Horloge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Honfleur side-trips: Abbaye de Jumieges (in Jumieges), Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde (in Etretat) and Rouen (Vieux Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Joseph, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Grace, examine the collection at Musee Villa Montebello, and don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Honfleur day trip planner.

Getting from Azay-le-Rideau to Honfleur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Azay-le-Rideau, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Honfleur, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Popular historic sites such as Pointe du Hoc and Bayeux War Cemetery are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Airborne Museum and Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer. Venture out of the city with trips to La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont), Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Pegasus Bridge) and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Omaha Beach Memorial Museum, learn about all things military at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), see the interesting displays at Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique, and witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bayeux online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Bayeux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 9:

Saint-Malo

— 3 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Explore hidden gems such as Centre Historique and Fort La Latte. Get some cultural insight at Pointe du Grouin and Cap Fréhel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Malo: Cap d'Erquy (in Erquy), Musee Christian Dior (in Granville) and Chateau de Fougeres (in Fougeres). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, steep yourself in history at Menhir du Champ Dolent, deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort National, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Biarritz

— 4 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Get in touch with nature at La Cote des Basques and Plage d'Hendaye. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Château de Pau and Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biarritz: Grottes de Betharram (in Saint-Pe-de-Bigorre), Boulevard des Pyrenees (in Pau) and Lourdes (Grotte de Massabielle & Chateau Fort of Lourdes). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Phare de Biarritz, see the interesting displays at Ecomuseum Marquèze, stop by L'Atelier du Piment, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Biarritz trip maker site.

You can fly from Saint-Malo to Biarritz in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Saint-Malo in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Biarritz, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Biarritz

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:

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.