47 days in France Itinerary

47 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner

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Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Drive to Rouen
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Rouen
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Amboise
— 4 nights
Train
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Paris
— 6 nights
Fly
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Rouen

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fondation Claude Monet and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Get some historical perspective at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Pozieres Memorial (in Pozieres), Amiens (St-Leu, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more) and Franco-Australian Museum (in Villers-Bretonneux). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, see the interesting displays at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle, take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, and visit Rue du Gros-Horloge.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rouen holiday planner.

Washington, USA to Rouen is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Rouen is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington in September; daily highs in Rouen reach 68°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 5:

Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Get some cultural insight at Mont Saint-Michel and Bayeux War Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to German War Cemetery (in Orglandes), Les Dominicaines, Espace Culturel & Artotheque (in Pont-L'Eveque) and Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Cimetières Militaires). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bayeux online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 10:

Amboise

— 4 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Chambord and Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci. Let the collections at Chateau de Chenonceau and Maison-Musee Lansyer capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Amboise: Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny) and Chateau de Loches (in Loches). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, catch all the local highlights with Rendez-Vous dans les Vignes, and do a tasting at Chateau Gaudrelle.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Amboise tour app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Amboise in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:

Paris

— 6 nights

City of Light

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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee de l'Orangerie. Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and visit Le Marais.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Amboise to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 20:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 4 nights
Chateau des Milandes and Musee Zadkine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Castelnaud and Chateau de Beynac. Explore Castelnaud-la-Chapelle's surroundings by going to Chateau de Bonaguil (in Saint-Front-sur-Lemance), Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac (in Salviac) and Moulin de la Rouzique (in Couze-et-Saint-Front).

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Paris to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Paris in October, expect nights in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:

Carcassonne

— 5 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee des Augustins and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Visit Cité de Carcassonne and Basilique Saint-Sernin for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi), Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan) and Church of Les Jacobins (in Toulouse). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, get to know the fascinating history of La Cite Medievale, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, and ponder the design of Place Carnot.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:

Avignon

— 5 nights

City of Popes

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.
Get some cultural insight at Palais des Papes and Wine Tours & Tastings. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pont d'Avignon and Chateau des Baux de Provence. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Un Siecle de Roulottes (in Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Cathedrale Saint Veran (in Cavaillon). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Lourmarin, and sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Avignon online travel route planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 3:

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.
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles and Fondation Vasarely will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Collobrieres (Chartreuse de la Verne & Confiserie Azureenne) and Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, wander the streets of The Panier, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere de la Treille, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planning site.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. November in Marseille sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:

Nice

— 8 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Picasso. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Musée Marc Chagall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands, Le Suquet, &more), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI (in Biot). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

Find out how to plan Nice trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 15:

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.