42 days in France Itinerary

42 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 6 nights
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 1 night
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Taxi to Pontorson Mont St Michel, Train to Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2, Bus to Paris Orly, Fly to Sarlat-la-Caneda
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Porto, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Nice
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Montmartre, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris road trip website.

Salt Lake City, USA to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Salt Lake City to Paris, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Salt Lake City in August, with highs in Paris at 77°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can 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. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): 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 stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Colleville-sur-Mer trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Paris to Colleville-sur-Mer in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colleville-sur-Mer: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel online tour planner.

Drive from Colleville-sur-Mer to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel 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: Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier), Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac) and Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, explore the fascinating underground world of Lascaux Caves 4, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, and don't miss a visit to Chateau de Commarque.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda travel route app.

Traveling by combination of taxi, train, bus, and flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. While traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.
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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. The adventure continues: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, head outdoors with Brevent Cable Car, and hit the slopes at Domaine des Planards.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Chamonix in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Base Canyon de la Besorgues (in Labastide-sur-Besorgues), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, hunt for treasures at Cassis Market, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Avignon trip planning website.

Drive from Chamonix to Avignon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daytime highs in Avignon are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Porto.
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Porto, Corsica — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take a memorable drive along D81, then explore the striking landscape at Calanques de Piana, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Beach of Bussaglia, then make a trip to Les Calanche Cliffs, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, and finally appreciate the views at Vallée du Fango.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Porto trip builder tool.

Fly from Avignon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and car. September in Porto sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 6 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. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron, Plage de Sylvabelle, &more), Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle, Plage de Jean Blanc, &more) and Plage Notre Dame (in Porquerolles Island). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, go for a stroll along the water at Port du Niel, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, and head outdoors with la tribu bulles.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hyeres online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Porto to Hyeres in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, train, ferry, and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Roquebrune-sur-Argens (Maison du Patrimoine & Cueillette du Rocher), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and La Pointe de l'Aiguille (in Theoule sur Mer). There's still lots to do: take a memorable excursion with TakSea, kick back and relax at Abel Baliff Beach, get outside with Eco Gliss, and hike along Les Balcons du Cap Roux.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael tour itinerary app.

Getting from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette), Morgana Boutique (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris) and Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes). Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: visit Old Town, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nice online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in September, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly 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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