55 days in France Itinerary

55 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nice
— 7 nights
2
Montpellier
— 3 nights
3
Carcassonne Center
— 7 nights
4
Clermont-Ferrand
— 4 nights
5
Tain-l'Hermitage
— 10 nights
6
La Chaussee-Saint-Victor
— 1 night
7
Saint-Malo
— 7 nights
8
Rouen
— 7 nights
9
Paris
— 5 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Climbing Tours and Plage de l'Escalet. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Frejus), Notre Dame de Beauvoir (in Moustiers Sainte-Marie) and Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime (in Saint-Tropez). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip maker tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Nice is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Nice. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in Nice hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Nice

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez, Castellane, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Marineland, Villa Kerylos
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Climbing Tours
Notre Dame de Beauvoir ©
Notre Dame de Beauvoir
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Grotte des Demoiselles and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montpellier: Eglise Paroissiale Sainte-Marie (in Moureze), Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert Abbey (in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert) and Cirque de Navacelles (in Saint-Maurice-Navacelles). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Grotte de Clamouse, don't miss a visit to Porte du Peyrou, take in the awesome beauty at Pic Saint-Loup, and take a stroll through Place de la Comedie.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Montpellier planning site.

You can drive from Nice to Montpellier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Montpellier when traveling from Nice in September, with lows around °C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Montpellier

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, Pic Saint-Loup, Grotte de Clamouse, Eglise Paroissiale Sainte-Marie, La Grotte des Demoiselles
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:
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La Grotte des Demoiselles ©
La Grotte des Demoiselles
Grotte de Clamouse ©
Grotte de Clamouse
Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert Abbey ©
Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert Abbey

7
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne Center: Perpignan (Les Caves Maillol & Room Escape Games), Notre-Dame-des-Auzils (in Gruissan) and Canyoning Park (in Argeles-sur-Mer).

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne Center trip planner.

Drive from Montpellier to Carcassonne Center in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carcassonne Center can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Perpignan, River Rafting & Tubing, Domaine Boudau, Chateau de Puilaurens, Les Forges de Pyrène
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Notre-Dame-des-Auzils ©
Notre-Dame-des-Auzils
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

4
nights
Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand ©
Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Puy-de-Dome Volcano and Puy du Sancy. Explore Clermont-Ferrand's surroundings by going to Ferme Gaec de l'Oiseau (in Chambon-sur-Lac), Le Mont-Dore (Telepherique du Sancy & Cascade du Queureuilh et du Rossignolet) and Eglise de Saint-Nectaire (in Saint-Nectaire). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port and get in on the family fun at Vulcania.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Clermont-Ferrand travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Clermont-Ferrand takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Carcassonne Center in September; daily highs in Clermont-Ferrand reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tain-l'Hermitage.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Le Mont-Dore, Ferme Gaec de l'Oiseau, Vulcania, Eglise de Saint-Nectaire
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Puy-de-Dome Volcano ©
Puy-de-Dome Volcano
Eglise de Saint-Nectaire ©
Eglise de Saint-Nectaire
Telepherique du Sancy ©
Telepherique du Sancy

10
nights
Tain-l'Hermitage

Tain-l'Hermitage ©
Tain-l'Hermitage is a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France.GeographyIt is located on the left bank of the Rhône River, opposite Tournon-sur-Rhône, which is located in Ardèche. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cite du Chocolat Valrhona and Route des Belvederes. Explore Tain-l'Hermitage's surroundings by going to Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye (Miripili the Cutthroat Island & Saint-Antoine l'Abbaye - Découverte du Patrimoine (association Les Amis des Antonins)), Centre Historique de la Resistance et de la Deportation (in Romans-sur-Isere) and Barrage du Ternay (in Savas). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, take in the awesome beauty at Mont Gerbier de Jonc, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc des Perroquets, and examine the collection at Musee Palue.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tain-l'Hermitage trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Clermont-Ferrand to Tain-l'Hermitage by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Clermont-Ferrand in September; daily highs in Tain-l'Hermitage reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to La Chaussee-Saint-Victor.

Things to do in Tain-l'Hermitage

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tournon-sur-Rhone, Romans-sur-Isere, Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye, Lalouvesc, Le Parc des Perroquets
Find places to stay Sep 22 — Oct 2:
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Mont Mezenc ©
Mont Mezenc
Cite du Chocolat Valrhona ©
Cite du Chocolat Valrhona
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval ©
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval

1
night
La Chaussee-Saint-Victor

La Chaussee-Saint-Victor ©
On the 2nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Chateau de Chambord, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, and then stop by Boutique La Caf'The.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our La Chaussee-Saint-Victor trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Tain-l'Hermitage to La Chaussee-Saint-Victor in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Tain-l'Hermitage in October, expect La Chaussee-Saint-Victor to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in La Chaussee-Saint-Victor

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Blois, Chateau de Chambord
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Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Eglise Saint-Vincent-de-Paul ©
Eglise Saint-Vincent-de-Paul
Boutique La Caf'The ©
Boutique La Caf'The

7
nights
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Cite d'Aleth and Manoir de l'Automobile. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Malo: Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, Tour du Nord, &more), Cap d'Erquy (in Erquy) and Phare du Cap Fréhel (in Plevenon). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Univers du Poete Ferrailleur, appreciate the extensive heritage of (Mégalithes) Menhirs De Monteneuf, make a trip to Centre Historique du Vitre, and contemplate the long history of Tour Bidouane.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Saint-Malo itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from La Chaussee-Saint-Victor to Saint-Malo takes 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from La Chaussee-Saint-Victor in October since evenings lows in Saint-Malo dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Dinard, Mont-Saint-Michel, Cap d'Erquy, Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, Phare du Cap Fréhel
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 10:
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
La Cite d'Aleth ©
La Cite d'Aleth
Cap d'Erquy ©
Cap d'Erquy

7
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie. Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Tours et Remparts de Saint Valery sur Somme (in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme), Etretat (Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption, &more) and Le Fleuve La Veules (in Veules-les-Roses). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Jumieges, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rouen trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Malo to Rouen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Rouen, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Etretat, Amiens, Honfleur, Tours et Remparts de Saint Valery sur Somme, Abbaye de Jumieges
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Gros-Horloge ©
Gros-Horloge
Vieux Bassin ©
Vieux Bassin

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Latin Quarter and Île de la Cité. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll through Ile Saint-Louis, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris route maker app.

Drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Paris sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Chartres Cathedral
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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