46 days in France Itinerary

46 days in France Itinerary

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46 days in France Itinerary

Start: Paris
train:  15​min
1
Versailles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Lisieux
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Nantes
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Chambord
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Nevers
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Arcachon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Lourdes
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Nimes
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
10
Arles
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Apt
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
12
Avignon
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
13
Paris
— 6 nights
End: Paris

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Versailles: Giverny (Musee des impressionnismes & Fondation Claude Monet) and Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles, don't miss a visit to La laiterie de propreté, get to know the fascinating history of Grand Canal, and admire the natural beauty at L'Orangerie.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Versailles trip tool .

Paris to Versailles is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Versailles are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lisieux.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Giverny, Parc Zoologique et Chateau de Thoiry, Chartres Cathedral
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet

4
nights
Lisieux

Lisieux ©
Lisieux is a town in Lower Normandy that is the second-most visited pilgrimage site in France (after Lourdes).
Get out of town with these interesting Lisieux side-trips: Deauville (Turkish Baths, Deauville Beach, & more), Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise) and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe (in La Cambe). And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Calvados Experience by Pere Magloire, do a tasting at Calvados Boulard, make a trip to Sanctuaire Sainte Therese, and steep yourself in history at Les Buissonnets.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lisieux trip planner .

Traveling by car from Versailles to Lisieux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Lisieux

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Deauville, Manoir De Grandouet, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, Calvados Boulard
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Cerza ©
Cerza
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant ©
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant
Calvados Experience by Pere Magloire ©

4
nights
Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Venture out of the city with trips to Puy du Fou (in Les Epesses) and La Rochelle (Aquarium La Rochelle & Vieux Port). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, partake in some friendly competition at Sisters Mysteres, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nantes online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lisieux to Nantes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May in Nantes, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chambord.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Rochelle, Puy du Fou
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Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes
Puy du Fou ©
Puy du Fou
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle

2
nights
Chambord

Chambord ©
On the 26th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, then don't miss a visit to Chateau de Chambord, and then contemplate the long history of Domaine National de Chambord. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Valencay and then get to know the resident critters at ZooParc de Beauval.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chambord trip builder app .

You can drive from Nantes to Chambord in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. May in Chambord sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Nevers.

Things to do in Chambord

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

ZooParc de Beauval, Chateau de Valencay, Chateau de Cheverny
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Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
ZooParc de Beauval ©
ZooParc de Beauval
Chateau de Cheverny ©
Chateau de Cheverny

1
night
Nevers

Nevers ©
Nevers is the prefecture of the Nièvre department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in central France. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte, make a trip to Espace Bernadette, and then stroll around Parc Floral d'Apremont.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Nevers trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Chambord to Nevers takes 2.5 hours. In May in Nevers, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Arcachon.

Things to do in Nevers

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Parc Floral d'Apremont
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Parc Floral d'Apremont ©
Parc Floral d'Apremont
Cathedrale Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte ©

2
nights
Arcachon

Arcachon ©
A popular beach resort town on the Atlantic coast, Arcachon offers you fine, sandy beaches and a particularly mild climate said to be favorable to people suffering from pulmonary diseases.
On the 29th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Passes, take a leisurely stroll along Jetée Thiers, then walk around Parc Mauresque, then contemplate the long history of La ville d'Hiver, and finally make a trip to Observatoire Sainte-Cecile. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Dune du Pilat and then get outside with Arcajet Marine.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Arcachon day trip planning app .

Getting from Nevers to Arcachon by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Arcachon can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Arcachon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dune du Pilat
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Parc Mauresque ©
Parc Mauresque
Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat
La ville d'Hiver ©
La ville d'Hiver

2
nights
Lourdes

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. On the 31st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, explore the world behind art at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Basilique Saint-Pie X, pause for some serene contemplation at Crypte de la Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception., pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, then make a trip to Casa Natal Bernadette, and finally contemplate the long history of Maison Paternelle De Sainte Bernadette.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lourdes trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Arcachon to Lourdes in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Museums
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Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes ©
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes
Basilique Saint-Pie X ©
Basilique Saint-Pie X

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 (Room Escape Games, Cite de l'espace, & more), Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and admire the local landmark of Fountain of Neptune.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne online trip builder .

You can drive from Lourdes to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nimes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Toulouse, Reserve Africaine de Sigean, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

1
night
Nimes

Nimes ©
Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stop by Toril d'Artistes, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Magne, then pause for some photo ops at La Maison Carree, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of Diana.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nimes itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Nimes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Nimes can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Arles.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
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La Maison Carree ©
La Maison Carree
Jardins de la Fontaine ©
Jardins de la Fontaine
Room Escape Games

4
nights
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Get out of town with these interesting Arles side-trips: Seaquarium (in Le Grau-du-Roi), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, tee off at Golf club de Servanes, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and steep yourself in history at Site Archeologique de Glanum.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Arles trip itinerary builder .

Arles is just a short distance from Nimes. In June, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Les Baux de Provence, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, Golf club de Servanes, Plage du Cavaou
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Plage du Cavaou ©
Plage du Cavaou

5
nights
Apt

Apt ©
Apt is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It lies on the left bank of the Calavon, 41mi east of Avignon. Explore Apt's surroundings by going to Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes), Lac De Sainte Croix (in Aiguines) and L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market (in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Lourmarin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres, and take in the dramatic natural features at Colorado Provencal.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Apt travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Arles to Apt takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Avignon.

Things to do in Apt

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gordes, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market, Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, Colorado Provencal, Les Gorges du Verdon
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Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras ©
Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange), Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac (in Orgnac-l'Aven) and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont du Gard, take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Apt to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Avignon, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montagne Sainte Victoire, Cascades du Sautadet, La Nef solaire, Roman Theatre of Orange, Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Montagne Sainte Victoire ©
Montagne Sainte Victoire

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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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

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

Getting from Apt to Paris by combination of bus and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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