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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planner.

Salt Lake City, USA to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Salt Lake City to Paris. Traveling from Salt Lake City in October, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colleville-sur-Mer.
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Find places to stay Oct 21 — 27:

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 (Fri): steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Colleville-sur-Mer tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Paris to Colleville-sur-Mer by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Colleville-sur-Mer, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:

Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Colleville-sur-Mer to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) 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.
Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour), Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier) and Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Commarque.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip planning site.

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. Expect little chillier evenings in Sarlat-la-Caneda when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in October, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Lake Annecy in Annecy (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, hit the slopes at Brevent Cable Car, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges de la Diosaz.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chamonix trip maker 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow 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: 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). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, stroll around Les Barons Perches, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and do a tasting at Distillerie A. Blachere.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon vacation maker app.

You can drive from Chamonix to Avignon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Porto.
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Find places to stay Nov 7 — 12:

Porto, Corsica — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take a memorable drive along D81, stroll through Calanques de Piana, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Beach of Bussaglia, then don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Vallée du Fango.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Porto online road trip planner.

Getting from Avignon to Porto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Avignon in November: high temperatures in Porto hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Plage Notre Dame (in Porquerolles Island), La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron, Plage de Sylvabelle, &more) and Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle, Plage de Jean Blanc, &more). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe, don't miss a visit to Corniche Inferieure, explore the gorgeous colors at Sentier Sous Marin, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de L'Argentiere.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hyeres online day trip planner.

You can fly from Porto to Hyeres in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, train, ferry, and bus. November in Hyeres sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: La Pointe de l'Aiguille (in Theoule sur Mer), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Roquebrune-sur-Argens (Maison du Patrimoine & Cueillette du Rocher). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, stroll through Les Balcons du Cap Roux, browse for treasures at Brocante Au Bucheron, and take in the awesome beauty at Mont Vinaigre.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Morgana Boutique (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris), Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette) and Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes). Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, kick back and relax at Castel Plage, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip 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. In November in Nice, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Nov 25 — Dec 1:

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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