46 days in France Itinerary

46 days in France Itinerary

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Versailles
— 4 nights
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Ville de Lisieux
— 4 nights
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Nantes
— 4 nights
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Chambord
— 2 nights
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Nevers
— 1 night
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Arcachon
— 2 nights
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Lourdes
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Nimes
— 1 night
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Arles
— 4 nights
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Apt
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights

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Versailles — 4 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Versailles: Giverny (Musee des impressionnismes & Fondation Claude Monet), Parc Zoologique et Chateau de Thoiry (in Thoiry) and Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin de Versailles, take an in-depth tour of The Hall of Mirrors, and explore the striking landscape of L'Orangerie.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Versailles online attractions planner.

Paris to Versailles is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ville de Lisieux.
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Ville de Lisieux — 4 nights

Lisieux is a town in Lower Normandy that is the second-most visited pilgrimage site in France (after Lourdes).
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ville de Lisieux: Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise), Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe (in La Cambe) and Eglise Abbatiale de Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives (in Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Saint-Germain-de-Livet, learn about winemaking at Calvados Boulard, and don't miss a visit to Sanctuaire Sainte Therese.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ville de Lisieux online road trip planner.

Drive from Versailles to Ville de Lisieux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Ville de Lisieux, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nantes.
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Nantes — 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nantes: Puy du Fou (in Les Epesses) and La Rochelle (Aquarium La Rochelle & Vieux Port). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, and take a stroll around Le Lieu Unique.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nantes vacation planning tool.

Drive from Ville de Lisieux to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chambord.
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Chambord — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chambord, and then contemplate the long history of Domaine National de Chambord. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Valencay and then get to know the resident critters at ZooParc de Beauval.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chambord day trip app.

Drive from Nantes to Chambord in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Chambord sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nevers.
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Nevers — 1 night

Nevers is the prefecture of the Nièvre department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in central France. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte, then don't miss a visit to Espace Bernadette, and then walk around Parc Floral d'Apremont.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nevers road trip planning website.

Getting from Chambord to Nevers by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Nevers are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Arcachon.
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Arcachon — 2 nights

A popular beach resort town on the Atlantic coast, Arcachon offers you fine, sandy beaches and a particularly mild climate said to be favorable to people suffering from pulmonary diseases.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Passes, take a leisurely stroll along Jetée Thiers, then stroll around Parc Mauresque, then steep yourself in history at La ville d'Hiver, and finally get great views at Observatoire Sainte-Cecile. On the next day, make a trip to La Grande Dune du Pilat and then get outside with Arcajet Marine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Arcachon online route planner.

You can take a train from Nevers to Arcachon in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In May in Arcachon, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lourdes.
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Lourdes — 2 nights

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, explore the galleries of Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Basilique Saint-Pie X, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Crypte de la Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception., pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, then explore the galleries of Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Moulin Lacade - Maison Paternelle de Sainte Bernadette.

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You can drive from Arcachon to Lourdes in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. May in Lourdes sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi), Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean) and Toulouse (Room Escape Games, Cite de l'espace, &more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, admire the local landmark of Fountain of Neptune, and do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne road trip planning app.

You can drive from Lourdes to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nimes.
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Nimes — 1 night

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stop by Toril d'Artistes, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in panoramic vistas at Tour Magne, then explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple de Diane.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nimes road trip planning website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Nimes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Nimes sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arles.
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Arles — 4 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arles: Seaquarium (in Le Grau-du-Roi), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, &more) and Les Baux de Provence (Musee des Santons & Chateau des Baux de Provence). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, kick back and relax at Plage du Cavaou, and delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Arles online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Nimes to Arles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Arles, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Apt.
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Apt — 5 nights

Apt is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It lies on the left bank of the Calavon, 41mi east of Avignon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Apt: L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market (in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue), Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes) and Lac de Sainte-Croix (in Aiguines). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, stop by Il Etait Une Flamme, take in the dramatic natural features at Colorado Provencal, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt.

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Drive from Arles to Apt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can 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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange), Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac (in Orgnac-l'Aven). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms, and contemplate the long history of Place Crillon.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Avignon trip planner.

Drive from Apt to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Avignon are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, stop by Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paris online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Avignon to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Avignon in June: high temperatures in Paris hover around 74°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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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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