47 days in France Itinerary

47 days in France Itinerary

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Rouen
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 4 nights
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Arles
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 7 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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Rouen — 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and Historial Jeanne d’Arc. Let the collections at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Maison de Jules Verne capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre), Amiens (St-Leu & Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens) and Honfleur (Saint Catherine's Catholic Church & Vieux Bassin). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and stop by Rue du Gros-Horloge.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Rouen is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Rouen, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in March, with highs in Rouen at 53°F and lows at 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 5 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pointe du Hoc and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Juno Beach Centre and Memorial de Caen. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville) and Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Omaha Beach Memorial Museum.

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You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Azay-le-Rideau.
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Azay-le-Rideau — 4 nights

As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau and Chateau de Villandry. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Langeais and Porte Picois. Change things up with these side-trips from Azay-le-Rideau: Chateau de Loches (in Loches) and Chateau de Chenonceau (in Chenonceaux). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Château de l'Islette and step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Usse.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Azay-le-Rideau trip tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Azay-le-Rideau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Carrieres des Lumieres. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Chateau des Baux de Provence. Venture out of the city with trips to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée), Nimes (Tour Magne & Jardins de la Fontaine) and Site Archeologique de Glanum (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime and explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

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Fly from Azay-le-Rideau to Arles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Arles, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille — 7 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Visit Vallon des Auffes and Chateau de Grignan for their historical value. Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Chateau La Coste en Provence will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, &more), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp, see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Marseille sightseeing planner.

Getting from Arles to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, daytime highs in Marseille are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 8 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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 hidden gems such as Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime and Palais Lascaris will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet), Eglise de Biot (in Biot) and Antibes (Villa Eilenroc & Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice sightseeing website.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March in Nice, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 6 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.
Abbaye de Fontfroide and Cathedrale St-Just are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Musee De L'ecole capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi), Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan) and Basilique Saint-Sernin (in Toulouse). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, see the interesting displays at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

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

Getting from Nice to Carcassonne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nice in April since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 8 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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paris holiday planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carcassonne in April: highs in Paris hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight 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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