56 days in France Itinerary

56 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France planner

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Nice
— 7 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 5 nights
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
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Vannes
— 7 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Honfleur
— 4 nights
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Rouen
— 5 nights
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Paris
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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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). There's still lots to do: stop by Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nice trip planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 13:

Marseille

— 5 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Paul Cezanne’s Studio, &more), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Decouverte du Vivant (in Sanary-sur-Mer). Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, take a stroll through The Panier, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Marseille holiday maker website.

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Marseille, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:

Lyon

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Go for a jaunt from Lyon to Hauterives to see Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lyon vacation maker app.

You can fly from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Marseille in September; daily highs in Lyon reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Bordeaux

— 5 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer), Association Hermione-La Fayette (in Rochefort) and Vieux Port (in La Rochelle). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, take in the views from Pont de Pierre, learn something new at Chateau Feely, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:

Toulouse

— 3 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toulouse: Carcassonne Center (La Porte D'aude, Cité de Carcassonne, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, and contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Toulouse travel route planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Toulouse sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Vannes.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

Vannes

— 7 nights

Gateway to the Gulf

Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vannes: Manege des Platanes (in La-Baule-Escoublac), Sentier D'interpretation du Pointeau (in Saint-Brevin-les-Pins) and Les Aiguilles de Port Coton (in Bangor). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Cote Sauvage, hike along Le Chemin de Cadoudal, admire the masterpieces at Univers du Poete Ferrailleur, and steep yourself in history at Old City Walls of Vannes.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Vannes trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Toulouse to Vannes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Vannes

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 6:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 7th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on L'Aigrette, Pauses Natures en baie, hike along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel and then make a trip to Pointe du Grouin du Sud.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip app.

Getting from Vannes to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: German War Cemetery Marigny (in Marigny), Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Cimetières Militaires) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online sightseeing planner.

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. In October, daytime highs in Bayeux are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 13:

Honfleur

— 4 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite) (in Fecamp). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Deauville Beach, don't miss a visit to Galerie Jean Fontan, sample the fine beverages at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Honfleur day trip planning site.

Drive from Bayeux to Honfleur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Honfleur are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:

Rouen

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee de Mecanique Naturelle), Amiens (Maison de Jules Verne, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more) and Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, make a trip to Parlement de Normandie, relax and rejuvenate at Samaris, and appreciate the history behind Monument Jeanne d'Arc.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen online travel route planner.

Getting from Honfleur to Rouen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Rouen are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:

Paris

— 8 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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris route planner.

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 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 30:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Brittany travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.