40 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 5 nights
Fly
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 6 nights
Fly
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
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Chamonix — 4 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Go for a jaunt from Chamonix to Annecy to see Lake Annecy about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc de Merlet, get great views at Brevent Cable Car, and hit the slopes at Aiguille des Grands Montets.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip builder app.

Manchester, UK to Chamonix is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Manchester to Chamonix, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Nice — 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more). Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

Drive from Chamonix to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nice are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 5 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), Zipline (in Sainte-Maxime) and Maison du Patrimoine (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with TakSea, stroll through Calanque de Maubois, see the vivid underwater world at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), and kick back and relax at Plage du Chateau.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Saint-Raphael when traveling from Nice in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 5 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Hyeres: Six-Fours-les-Plages (Ile des Embiez & Var Lamas), Plage Notre Dame (in Porquerolles Island) and Le Lavandou (Plage de Saint-Clair, Plage de Jean Blanc, &more). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Dune La Londe, stop by Port Grimaud, tour the pleasant surroundings at Heraclee Beach, and cool off at Aquavillage Parc.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Hyeres online travel route planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 5 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Avignon trip planner.

You can drive from Hyeres to Avignon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Avignon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): trek 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 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

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Fly from Avignon to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Avignon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colleville-sur-Mer.
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Colleville-sur-Mer — 1 night

Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, then appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Colleville-sur-Mer trip planner.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Colleville-sur-Mer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paris.
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Paris — 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and stop by Le Marais.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip app.

Traveling by car from Colleville-sur-Mer to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 5 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Oliv'Air, L'air des Vasques du Quercy (in Gramat). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Commarque, and find something for the whole family at Parc Le Bournat.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October in Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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