48 days in France Itinerary

48 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Fly to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Drive to Le Lavandou
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Le Lavandou
— 4 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Rouen
— 6 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Le Lavandou

— 4 nights
Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Change things up with these side-trips from Le Lavandou: Chateau de Grimaud (in Grimaud) and La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle, Plage de Gigaro, &more). And it doesn't end there: zoom along the surf with Jet 007, stroll through Plage de la Faviere, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Jean Blanc, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Le Lavandou travel route planner.

New Orleans, USA to Le Lavandou is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New Orleans to Le Lavandou due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in August, Le Lavandou is slightly colder at night with lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 1:

Aix-en-Provence

— 6 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Explore Aix-en-Provence's surroundings by going to Palais des Papes (in Avignon), Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Plage des Oursinieres (in Le Pradet). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Plage noire du Langoustier, and steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence travel 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. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 7:

Saint-Raphael

— 5 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Plage de Guerrevieille (in Grimaud), Port Cogolin (in Cogolin) and Lavoir Vasserot (in Saint-Tropez). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Plage du Pradeau, and kick back and relax at Plage du Chateau.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:

Nice

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Vieux Port, Musee de la Castre, &more) and Antibes (Musee de L'ecole, Marché provençal, &more). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, kick back and relax at Castel Plage, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and make a trip to Place Massena.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip builder site.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Saint-Raphael in September since evenings lows in Nice dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 19:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 5 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Change things up with these side-trips from Mont-Saint-Michel: Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets), Parc Regional Basse Normandie (in Domfront) and Juvigny-sous-Andaine (La Michaudiere & La Ferme du Cheval de Trait). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Mont Saint-Michel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Plat Gousset, get to know the resident critters at Zoo de Champrepus, and kick back and relax at Beach of Genets.

Before you visit Mont-Saint-Michel, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In September, Mont-Saint-Michel is slightly colder than Nice - with highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:

Bayeux

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Cimetières Militaires), Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery (in Cintheaux) and Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux holiday app.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Bayeux sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:

Rouen

— 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers), Fecamp (Palais Benedictine, Woody Park, &more) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rouen online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Rouen sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 6:

Paris

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paris online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Paris sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 13:

France travel guide

4.3
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.