45 days in France Itinerary

45 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, take in the history at Omaha Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux online vacation maker.

New York City, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Bayeux. Traveling from New York City in June, expect Bayeux to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Paris.
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 20:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (L'Orangerie, The Trianons & The Hamlet, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, take a stroll through Le Marais, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Paris, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Find places to stay Jun 20 — 26:

Sarlat-la-Caneda — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, make a trip to Chateau de Commarque, and relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda online day trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
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Find places to stay Jun 26 — 30:

Carcassonne — 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux) and Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Church of Les Jacobins). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, indulge in some culinary diversions at Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours, and make a trip to Abbaye de Caunes Minervois.

Before you visit Carcassonne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Avignon.
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Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 4:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). Dedicate the 6th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, take the plunge with Dragon Fly, hike along Offroad Aventure 07, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Avignon trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 9:

Marseille — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat), Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence) and Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, look for all kinds of wild species at Trolib, and cast your line with Peche. Calanques. Com.

Planning Marseille trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:

Saint-Tropez — 5 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Tropez side-trips: Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Fort de Bregancon & Domaine Sainte Marie), Hyeres (Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens & Plage noire du Langoustier) and Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle, Plage de Jean Blanc, &more). There's still lots to do: get some thrills out on the water with Adventure Sports Saint Tropez, do a tasting at Domaine de la Giscle, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grimaud, and don't miss a visit to Chapelle Sainte-Anne.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Tropez day trip site.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:

Saint-Raphael — 5 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans) and Brocante Au Bucheron (in Saint-Aygulf). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, kick back and relax at Abel Baliff Beach, and stroll through Plage du Chateau.

Find out how to plan Saint-Raphael trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in July, expect nights in Saint-Raphael to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:

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 Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Cannes (Galerie1414, Lérins Islands, &more) and Antibes (Musee Picasso & Le Nomade). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nice itinerary planning site.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 23 — 30:

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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