43 days in France Itinerary

43 days in France Itinerary

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Argeles-sur-Mer
— 9 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 9 nights
Fly
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Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Arras
— 6 nights
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Argeles-sur-Mer — 9 nights

Argelès-sur-Mer is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.It is about 25 km from Perpignan.GeographyArgelès-sur-Mer is located in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.Argelès-sur-Mer is on the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, close to the Spanish border. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Argeles-sur-Mer: La Maison du Rire (in Coustouge), Narbonne (Abbaye de Fontfroide, Les Halles de Narbonne, &more) and Perpignan (Spas & Castillet). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Domaine Boudau, don't miss a visit to Cathedrale St-Jean, contemplate the long history of Tour Madeloc, and walk around Promenade du Front de Mer.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Argeles-sur-Mer trip planning website.

Manchester, UK to Argeles-sur-Mer is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in May; daily highs in Argeles-sur-Mer reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Find places to stay May 1 — 10:

Avignon — 5 nights

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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Eglise St-Trophime), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Promenade a Cheval La Marisma) and Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres). Dedicate the 15th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: make a trip to Palais des Papes, trek along Le Sentier des Ocres, contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet.

To find out how to plan a trip to Avignon, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Argeles-sur-Mer to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.
Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 10 — 15:

Aix-en-Provence — 5 nights

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aix-en-Provence: Cassis (Trolib & Saint Michel Church), Marseille (Cathédrale La Major, Le Vieux Port, &more) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, visit Cours Mirabeau, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montagne Sainte Victoire, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Aix-en-Provence, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 15 — 20:

Nice — 9 nights

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: Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay), Antibes (Musee Picasso, Chapelle de la Garoupe, &more) and Cannes (La Croisette & Lérins Islands). Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nice travel app.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May, you will find days in Nice are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 20 — 29:

Boulogne-sur-Mer — 4 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Boulogne-sur-Mer side-trips: Saint-Omer (La Coupole & Saint-Omer Cathedrale), Calais Beach (in Calais) and Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage).

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Boulogne-sur-Mer trip maker app.

Getting from Nice to Boulogne-sur-Mer by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nice in May, with highs in Boulogne-sur-Mer at 19°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 2:

Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont — 4 nights

Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France, on the French coast, in northern France.GeographyThe communes is situated some 15mi northwest of Abbeville, on the D204 road, with part of the Marquenterre national park within the commune. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont: Musee de l'Abeille (in Bouin-Plumoison), Les Jardins de Valloires (in Argoules) and Jardin des Lianes (in Cheriennes). There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Asinerie du Marquenterre, stop by Le Succes Berckois, stroll through Parc du Marquenterre, and get a dose of the wild on Rando Baie de Somme Decouverte.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arras.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Find places to stay Jun 2 — 6:

Arras — 6 nights

Arras is just small enough for you to enjoy over a leisurely walk along the two great squares providing a splendid collection of 155 unique façades of Flemish baroque architecture, with stop at the many bars and cafés along the way for refreshments.
Venture out of the city with trips to Le Touret Military Cemetery and Memorial (in Richebourg) and St. Mary's A.D.S. Cemetery (in Haisnes). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, enjoy breathtaking views from Le Beffroi d'Arras, pause for some photo ops at Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, and make a trip to Heroes Square.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Arras holiday maker tool.

Getting from Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont to Arras by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 12:

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.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.

Pas-de-Calais travel guide

4.1
Aquariums · Landmarks · Beaches
Situated on the English Channel at the point closest to the English coast, Pas-de-Calais is a region bordering Belgium with small seaside towns, beaches, and resorts. The regional nickname "Bassin Minier," meaning "Miners' Basin," is popular among inhabitants. You can visit the marshlands near St Omer with a guided boat tour, or swim and relax on the 25 mile stretch of white, sandy beaches between Equihen-Plage in the north to Fort Mahon-Plage to the south. This densely populated region serves as a major continental economic and transportation hub with Dover of England a mere 42 km (26 mi) across the Channel. Destroyed in part by both world wars, home to heavy industry, and cold by French standards, this is not a major center of tourism. However, countryside is beautiful, and you will find fine local foods and beers and many historical attractions. War history buffs in particular will find much to see, and the lack of crowds can be a plus if you desire a more peaceful holiday. Unlike many regions, wine is not the most widespread regional drink here--beer is actually more popular. Try "bière de garde," a type of French pale ale. While in a local restaurant or pub, be sure to try escargots, a traditional regional appetizer.