48 days in France Itinerary

48 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Drive to Le Lavandou
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Le Lavandou
— 4 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Rouen
— 6 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Le Lavandou — 4 nights

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Change things up with these side-trips from Le Lavandou: La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle, Plage de Gigaro, &more) and Chateau de Grimaud (in Grimaud). There's much more to do: get some thrills out on the water with Jet 007, stroll through Plage de la Faviere, kick back and relax at Plage de Jean Blanc, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Le Lavandou online itinerary planner.

New Orleans, USA to Le Lavandou is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Le Lavandou when traveling from New Orleans in August, with lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence — 6 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Explore Aix-en-Provence's surroundings by going to Plage des Oursinieres (in Le Pradet), Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Palais des Papes (in Avignon). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, examine the collection at Musee Granet, and cruise along Route des Cretes.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence online itinerary maker.

Drive from Le Lavandou to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lavoir Vasserot (in Saint-Tropez), Port Cogolin (in Cogolin) and Plage de Guerrevieille (in Grimaud). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, kick back and relax at Plage du Chateau, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael trip planner.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice — 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Vieux Port, Musee Des Explorations Du Monde, &more) and Antibes (Musee de L'ecole, Marché provençal, &more). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and make a trip to Place Massena.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip builder site.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Saint-Raphael in September since evenings lows in Nice dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 5 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Change things up with these side-trips from Mont-Saint-Michel: Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets), La Grande Cascade (in Le Neufbourg) and Parc Regional Basse Normandie (in Domfront). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Mont Saint-Michel, make a trip to Tour du Nord, kick back and relax at Beach of Genets, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Plat Gousset.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel day trip app.

Fly from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Nice in September, things will get slightly colder in Mont-Saint-Michel: highs are around 69°F and lows about 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 6 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: Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise), Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Cimetières Militaires) and Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery (in Cintheaux). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux holiday app.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Bayeux sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Fecamp (Palais Benedictine, Woody Park, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, and make a trip to Vieux Bassin.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rouen online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Rouen sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris road trip planning site.

Drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Paris sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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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