49 days in France Itinerary

49 days in France Itinerary

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49 days in France Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  14 h
1
Nice
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Albi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
La Rochelle
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Nantes
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Perros-Guirec
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Rouen
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
11
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Chicago

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Promenade du Paillon. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Nice itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Nice is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Nice. In May, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Nice

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marineland
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Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez ©
Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez

3
nights
Calvi, Corsica

Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Step off the beaten path and head to Citadelle de Calvi and Off-Road Tours. When in Calvi, make a side trip to see Musee Prive Guy Savelli in Corbara, approximately Corbara away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Spano, don't miss a visit to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, and enjoy the sand and surf at Arinella and Algaio Beach.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Calvi day trip planning website.

You can fly from Nice to Calvi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In June, daytime highs in Calvi are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Musee Prive Guy Savelli
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Citadelle de Calvi ©
Citadelle de Calvi
Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra ©

2
nights
Bonifacio, Corsica

Bonifacio ©
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
On the 9th (Tue), make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel, then step off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Canetto. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Plage du Petit Sperone, get outside with Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bonifacio trip planning tool.

Getting from Calvi to Bonifacio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Calvi in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bonifacio, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Albi.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel
Iles Lavezzi ©
Iles Lavezzi
Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio

3
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Pont Vieux. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Dreche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, and admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Albi road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Bonifacio to Albi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Albi can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Albi

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy

5
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vieux Sarlat and Les Noyeraies du Landers. Change things up with a short trip to Grotte de Tourtoirac in Tourtoirac (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins d'Eau, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Puymartin, make a trip to Ascenceur Panoramique, and examine the collection at Manoir de Gisson.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda online road trip planner.

Getting from Albi to Sarlat-la-Caneda by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateau de Castelnaud, Grotte de Tourtoirac, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
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Les Noyeraies du Landers ©
Les Noyeraies du Landers
Vieux Sarlat
Vieux Sarlat
Les Jardins d'Eau ©
Les Jardins d'Eau

5
nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vieux Port and Towers of La Rochelle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Rochelle: Le Port des Salines (in Le Grand-Village-Plage), Fort Louvois (in Bourcefranc le Chapus) and Site Ostreicole Fort Royer (in Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle, examine the collection at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Louis (La), and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre-Dame de l'Esperance.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read La Rochelle travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in June, you will find days in La Rochelle are slightly colder (71°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Louvois, Le Port des Salines, Site Ostreicole Fort Royer
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Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Musee Maritime de La Rochelle ©
Musee Maritime de La Rochelle
Towers of La Rochelle ©
Towers of La Rochelle

5
nights
Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Explore hidden gems such as Jardin des Plantes and Village de Trentemoult. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, make a trip to Basilique Saint Nicolas, see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, and admire the landmark architecture of Tour Bretagne.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nantes holiday planner.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Nantes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Nantes sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
Jardin Ile de Versailles ©
Jardin Ile de Versailles

4
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sentier des douaniers and Ile Renote. Get out of town with these interesting Perros-Guirec side-trips: Digue-promenade de Pleneuf-Val-Andre (in Pleneuf-Val-Andre), Erquy (Ets Nicolas Nonnet & Cap d'Erquy) and Enclos Paroissial de Guimiliau (in Guimiliau). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Trestrignel, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jean-du-Baly, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cote de Granit Rose.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Perros-Guirec road trip planner.

Drive from Nantes to Perros-Guirec in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nantes, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Perros-Guirec, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Treguier, Erquy, Lannion, Ile Renote, Digue-promenade de Pleneuf-Val-Andre
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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

5
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Des Vagues Et des Mots Librairie (in Ouistreham), Promenade Marcel Proust (in Cabourg) and Falaise des Vaches Noires (in Villers-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale de Coutances, take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, and step off the mainland to explore Tatihou Island.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. While traveling from Perros-Guirec, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bayeux, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Coutances, Auderville, Falaise des Vaches Noires, Eglise Saint-Pierre, Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery

5
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Historial Jeanne d’Arc. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat). There's much more to do: make a trip to Vieux, admire the landmark architecture of St. Maclou's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, and steep yourself in history at Gros-Horloge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rouen trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Etretat
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers
Gros-Horloge ©
Gros-Horloge

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jardin des Tuileries and Musee Marmottan Monet. Venture out of the city with trips to Reims (La Maison Mumm, Basilique Saint-Remi, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, walk around Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris driving holiday website.

You can take a bus from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Rouen, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

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