49 days in France Itinerary

49 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 6 nights
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Dijon
— 6 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 7 nights
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Marseille
— 7 nights
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Toulouse
— 6 nights
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Pere-Lachaise Cemetery. Visit Arc de Triomphe and Sainte-Chapelle for their historical value. The adventure continues: visit Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, appreciate the extensive heritage of Latin Quarter, examine the collection at Fondation Louis Vuitton, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Paris. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Paris to be somewhat warmer, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Dijon.
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Dijon — 6 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon and Abbaye de Fontenay. Discover out-of-the-way places like Owl's Trail and Basilique Sainte Madeleine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dijon: Chateau de Frontenay (in Frontenay), Reculee de Baume-les-Messieurs (in Baume-les-Messieurs) and Chateau fort Medieval (in Chateau Chalon). Dedicate the 26th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, contemplate the long history of Halles de Dijon, examine the collection at Musee Rude, and don't miss a visit to Le Cassissium.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Dijon day trip site.

Traveling by train from Paris to Dijon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Dijon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Lyon.
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Lyon — 6 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Musee Miniature et Cinema and Colline de Fourviere are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Théâtre gallo-romain and Statue de Notre Dame de France. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Chateau de Cormatin (in Cormatin), Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe (in Aiguilhe) and La Roche de Solutre (in Solutre-Pouilly). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, take a stroll through The Presqu'ile, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville de Lyon.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lyon trip planner.

Getting from Dijon to Lyon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Tourrettes-sur-Loup. We've included these beaches for you: Castel Plage and Plage de Passable. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and Promenade Le Corbusier (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice, and take a stroll through Place Rossetti.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nice day trip app.

Getting from Lyon to Nice by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez — 7 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. Abbaye du Thoronet and Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez will appeal to history buffs. Visit Plage de l'Escalet and Plage des Canebiers for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Plage Des Brouis (in La Croix-Valmer), Grande Plage du Lavandou (in Le Lavandou) and Lac de Sainte-Croix (in Aiguines). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage des Graniers, kick back and relax at La Ponche Beach, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Grimaud.

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You can drive from Nice to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Nice in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Saint-Tropez, with highs around 38°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive 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.
Get some cultural insight at Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Eglise St-Trophime. Get in touch with nature at Route des Cretes and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Chateau de Tarascon (in Tarascon), Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) and Aix-en-Provence (Vieil Aix, Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, stroll around Parc Borely, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, and visit The Panier.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille online journey planner.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Toulouse.
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Toulouse — 6 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Eglise Saint-Nazaire are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Basilique Saint-Sernin and Chateau Comtal. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toulouse: Cathedrale Saint-Etienne (in Cahors), Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy & Musee Toulouse-Lautrec) and Carcassonne Center (Cathar Castles & Cité de Carcassonne). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Quai de la Daurade, see the interesting displays at Museum of natural History, get a sense of history and politics at Theatre du Capitole, and explore the world behind art at Fondation Bemberg.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Toulouse online holiday maker.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Marseille in July: high temperatures in Toulouse hover around 33°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can fly to Paris.
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Paris — 2 nights

City of Light

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musee Marmottan Monet, admire the masterpieces at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, then explore the world behind art at Musee De Cluny, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris. On the next day, wander the streets of Montmartre and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Toulouse to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toulouse in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow 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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