48 days in France Itinerary

48 days in France Itinerary

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48 days in France Itinerary

Start: Paris
1
Paris
— 7 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Perros-Guirec
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Bordeaux
— 6 nights
Train:  3​h
5
Carcassonne
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Chateauneuf-du-Pape
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Aix-en-Provence
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Nice
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Berlin

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Take a break from the city and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Parc du Chateau de Nogent le Roi. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: The Hall of Mirrors (in Versailles), Chateau de Maintenon (in Maintenon) and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris trip maker site .

If you are flying in from Cambodia, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, The Hall of Mirrors, Saint-Maurice Church, Chateau de Maintenon, Parc du Chateau de Nogent le Roi
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The Army Museum ©
The Army Museum
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll explore and learn at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Ceramics Museum (Musee de la Ceramique). Your inner history buff will appreciate Rue du Gros-Horloge and Abbatiale Saint-Ouen. Step out of Rouen to go to Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux and see Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre, which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Saint-Sever, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Godard, explore the world behind art at Musee Secq des Tournelles, and take in the exciting artwork at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen itinerary planning tool .

You can take a bus from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

5
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentier des douaniers and Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h and Ploumanac'h LIghthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Chapelle Sainte-Marie-du-Menez-Hom (in Plomodiern), Enclos Paroissial de Guimiliau (in Guimiliau) and Paroisse de Pleyben Paroisse (in Pleyben). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Marais de Trestel, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Trestrignel, don't miss a visit to 'Eglise de Saint Jacques, and stroll through Ilot Sainte-Anne.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Perros-Guirec day trip website .

Getting from Rouen to Perros-Guirec by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, Chapelle Sainte-Marie-du-Menez-Hom, Ilot Sainte-Anne, Plage de la Comtesse, Eglise Saint Michel
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Sentier des douaniers ©
Sentier des douaniers
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles ©
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles

6
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Pey-Berland Tower and Port of the Moon. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau Cantenac and Réserve Ornithologique du Teich. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Chateau Beaurang (in Saint-Emilion), Plage de Chatelaillon (in Chatelaillon-Plage) and Fort Vauban (in Fouras). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron, and take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Aquitaine.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Bordeaux in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Perros-Guirec in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion, Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, Chateau Paloumey, Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron, Plage de Chatelaillon
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Plage de Chatelaillon ©
Plage de Chatelaillon
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich ©
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich

6
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.
Cité de Carcassonne and Chateau Comtal will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Cathar Castles. Change things up with a short trip to Abbaye de Soreze in Soreze (about 56 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, steep yourself in history at La Bastide Saint Louis, don't miss a visit to Eglise des Carmes, and get to know the fascinating history of La Cite Medievale.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Abbaye de Soreze
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

7
nights
Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Chateauneuf-du-Pape ©
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Explore hidden gems such as Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle and Domaine Eddie Feraud. Step out of the city life by going to Foret de Saou and Colline Saint-Eutrope. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Le ron des fades village miniature (in Dompnac), Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur (in Grignan) and Chateau Bizard (in Allan). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Domain du Banneret and see the interesting displays at Observatoire des Baronnies Provençales.

To find out how to plan a trip to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Carcassonne to Chateauneuf-du-Pape by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Chateauneuf-du-Pape are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vacqueyras, Grignan, Orange, Le ron des fades village miniature, Chateau Bizard
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Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere
Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle

7
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles. Popular historic sites such as Vieil Aix and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Aix-en-Provence side-trips: Grotte de Sainte Marie Madeleine (in Plan-d'Aups-Sainte-Baume), Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde (in Marseille) and Collobrieres (Confiserie Azureenne & Chartreuse de la Verne). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Chateau La Coste en Provence, wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, and see the interesting displays at Musee Granet.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence online tour planner .

Getting from Chateauneuf-du-Pape to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Aix-en-Provence, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Collobrieres, Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer, Grotte de Sainte Marie Madeleine, Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
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Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre ©
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre
Chateau La Coste en Provence ©
Chateau La Coste en Provence
Chartreuse de la Verne ©
Chartreuse de la Verne

7
nights
Nice

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Promenade Le Corbusier and Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to La Croisette (in Cannes), Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage) and Eglise de Biot (in Biot). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Monastère de Cimiez.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nice road trip tool .

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May, you will find days in Nice are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon, Promenade Le Corbusier, Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins
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Promenade Le Corbusier ©
Promenade Le Corbusier
Tourrettes-sur-Loup ©
Tourrettes-sur-Loup
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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