52 days in France Itinerary

52 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
Fly
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Biarritz
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 6 nights
Drive
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Fly
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Porto, Corsica
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Chamonix — 5 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Step out of Chamonix to go to Annecy and see Lake Annecy, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc de Merlet, stroll through Glacier des Bossons, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Chamonix is an approximately 26.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Chamonix is minus 9 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Base Canyon de la Besorgues (in Labastide-sur-Besorgues) and Le Museum de l’Ardeche (in Balazuc). Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Palais des Papes, get a dose of the wild on Trolib, and walk around Les Barons Perches.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Avignon day trip planning website.

You can drive from Chamonix to Avignon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. August in Avignon sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Biarritz.
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Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:

Biarritz — 5 nights

A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Biarritz: Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia), La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port (in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray). There's much more to do: step aboard Hermione - La Fayette, take some stellar pictures from Rocher de la Vierge, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, and hike along Sentier Du Littoral.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Biarritz tour itinerary site.

Fly from Avignon to Biarritz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Avignon in August, you will find days in Biarritz are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 4:

Sarlat-la-Caneda — 5 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix), Le Bugue (Parc Le Bournat & Aquarium du Perigord Noir) and Le Regourdou (in Lascaux). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, Head underground at Lascaux II, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac, and admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Biarritz to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Biarritz in September, Sarlat-la-Caneda is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Find places to stay Sep 4 — 9:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, plan for slightly colder days in Paris, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Colleville-sur-Mer.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 15:

Colleville-sur-Mer — 1 night

Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, then pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colleville-sur-Mer trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Paris to Colleville-sur-Mer in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Mont-Saint-Michel — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then head outdoors with Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and then identify plant and animal life at L'Aigrette, Pauses Natures en baie. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Mont Saint-Michel and then make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel day trip website.

You can drive from Colleville-sur-Mer to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Porto.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Porto, Corsica — 3 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Porto: Piana (Capo Rosso & D81), Torra d'Omigna (in Cargese) and Vallée du Fango (in Galeria).

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto road trip planning app.

You can fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Porto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, ferry, and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in September; daily highs in Porto reach 31°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly to Hyeres.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Hyeres — 6 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Six-Fours-les-Plages (Ile des Embiez & Ile du Gaou), Eglise Saint-Michel (in Grimaud) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe, cool off at Aquavillage Parc, stroll through Plage Notre Dame, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Cavaliere.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hyeres online vacation planner.

Getting from Porto to Hyeres by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, train, ferry, and bus. In September in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 27:

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 Saint-Aygulf (Etangs de Villepey & Brocante Au Bucheron), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Eco Gliss (in Les Issambres). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, stroll through Calanque de Maubois, take a memorable tour with Tours, and don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 2:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris), Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie, &more). Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, examine the collection at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

Start your trip to Nice by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 2 — 9:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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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