48 days in France Itinerary

48 days in France Itinerary

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48 days in France Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Le Lavandou
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Aix-en-Provence
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Nice
— 7 nights
+3
Fly + bus + subway + bus:  6​h 15​min
5
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Bayeux
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Rouen
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Paris
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: New Orleans

4
nights
Le Lavandou

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Get out of town with these interesting Le Lavandou side-trips: La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle, Plage de Gigaro, & more) and Chateau de Grimaud (in Grimaud). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La plage, stroll through Plage d'Aiguebelle, head outdoors with Plage de Saint-Clair, and don't miss a visit to Fort de Bregancon.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Le Lavandou road trip planning app .

New Orleans, USA to Le Lavandou is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New Orleans to Le Lavandou. Traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for little chillier nights in Le Lavandou, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas, La Croix-Valmer, Scuba & Snorkeling, Chateau de Grimaud
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Jet 007 ©
Jet 007
Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc

6
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aix-en-Provence: Plage des Oursinieres (in Le Pradet), Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Palais des Papes (in Avignon). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, stroll through Plage noire du Langoustier, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence day trip planner .

You can drive from Le Lavandou to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. September in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cassis, Gordes, Marseille, La Ciotat, Plage des Oursinieres
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Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

5
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Port Cogolin (in Cogolin), Plage de Guerrevieille (in Grimaud) and Lavoir Vasserot (in Saint-Tropez).

Plan a trip to Saint-Raphael easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hyeres, Lavoir Vasserot, Plage du Chateau, Plage de Guerrevieille, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Plage du Pradeau ©
Plage du Pradeau
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon

7
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Vieux Port, Musee de la Castre, & more) and Antibes (Musee Picasso & Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, stroll through Castel Plage, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nice travel route site .

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in September, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Antibes, Cannes, Parsec-Astrorama
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Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

5
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Explore Mont-Saint-Michel's surroundings by going to Juvigny-sous-Andaine (La Michaudiere & La Ferme du Cheval de Trait), Parc Regional Basse Normandie (in Domfront) and Genets (Beach of Genets & Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo de Champrepus, don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel online tour itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nice in September; daily highs in Mont-Saint-Michel reach 69°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Granville, Juvigny-sous-Andaine, Genets, La Grande Cascade, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
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Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

6
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Cimetières Militaires), Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise) and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe (in La Cambe). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, head outdoors with Piscine de Bagnoles de l'Orne, play a few rounds at Golf Paysan, and examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For photos and more tourist information, use the Bayeux day trip tool .

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ranville, Caen, Flamanville, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

6
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Fecamp (Palais Benedictine, Woody Park, & more) and Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Vieux, and get outside with Le Fleuve La Veules.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rouen online attractions planner .

You can drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fecamp, Etretat, Honfleur, Amiens, Calvados Experience by Pere Magloire
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Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, make a trip to Champs-Elysees, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Paris road trip app .

Take a bus from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Paris are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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