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
Fly
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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
Drive
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Saint-Tropez
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Drive
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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: Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip builder website.

New York City, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from New York City to Bayeux, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in May; daily highs in Bayeux reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paris.
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Find places to stay May 7 — 11:

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). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online road trip 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 May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can fly to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Find places to stay May 11 — 17:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier) and Le Regourdou (in Lascaux). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, make a trip to Chateau de Beynac, and experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda tour planning site.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.
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Find places to stay May 17 — 21:

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.
Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to 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, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, and don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Caunes Minervois.

To plan Carcassonne vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Avignon.
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Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Dedicate the 27th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, learn about winemaking at Chateau de la Gardine, take the plunge with Dragon Fly, and look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Avignon, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.
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Find places to stay May 25 — 30:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around 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). The adventure continues: pedal to the sights with Trolib, choose your vessel at Peche. Calanques. Com, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Marseille sightseeing planner.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.
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Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Tropez: Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle, Plage de Jean Blanc, &more), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Fort de Bregancon & Domaine Sainte Marie) and Hyeres (Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens & Plage noire du Langoustier). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Gigaro, slough off your stress at Pause Serenite, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Guerrevieille.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saint-Tropez route planner.

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 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Brocante Au Bucheron (in Saint-Aygulf) and Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, look for gifts at Catalan Bougie, pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael holiday planning site.

Drive from Saint-Tropez to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Find places to stay Jun 8 — 13:

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), Antibes (Musee Picasso & Le Nomade) and Cannes (Galerie1414, Lérins Islands, &more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nice journey tool.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Saint-Raphael in June: highs in Nice hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 13 — 20:

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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