43 days in France Itinerary

43 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Rouen
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Paris — 6 nights

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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Louvre Museum, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris day trip app.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Paris is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Paris due to the time zone difference. In May, Paris is colder than Riyadh - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rouen.
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Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 6:

Rouen — 5 nights

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Venture out of the city with trips to Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Fecamp (Eglise Saint-Etienne & Palais Benedictine) and Giverny (Musee de Mecanique Naturelle & Fondation Claude Monet). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, pause for some photo ops at Gros-Horloge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in June, expect nights in Rouen to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
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Find places to stay Jun 6 — 11:

Bayeux — 5 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Cite de La Mare (in Cherbourg-Octeville), Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel & Mont Saint-Michel) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:

Carcassonne — 3 nights

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Step out of Carcassonne to go to Sigean and see Reserve Africaine de Sigean, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at Chateau Guery, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Cavayere.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip app.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, Carcassonne is somewhat warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Avignon.
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:

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 Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Chateau des Baux de Provence), Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Palais des Papes, admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, trek along Le Sentier des Ocres, and explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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Find places to stay Jun 19 — 24:

Marseille — 5 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Marseille sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Find places to stay Jun 24 — 29:

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 Sainte-Maxime (Promenade Aymeric Simon Loriere & Domaine de La Pierre Plantee), Port Grimaud (in Grimaud) and Saint-Tropez (St. Tropez Harbor & Chapelle Sainte-Anne). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, let the kids burn off some steam at Jardin Bonaparte, pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and stroll through Les Balcons du Cap Roux.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael online trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 4:

Nice — 7 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (La Croisette & Marche Forville) and Antibes (Le Nomade & Musee Picasso). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nice road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 11:

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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