52 days in France Itinerary

52 days in France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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Bordeaux — 4 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer), Margaux-Cantenac (in Cantenac) and Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, snap pictures at Pont de Pierre, and make a trip to Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces).

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux day trip planner.

London, UK to Bordeaux is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Bordeaux is 1 hour. When traveling from London in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Bordeaux, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi), Musee Fabre (in Montpellier) and Room Escape Games (in Perpignan). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly to Marseille.
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Marseille — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the striking landscape at La Calanque de Figuerolles, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille online attractions planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Hyeres.
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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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: La Certosa di La Verne (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Six-Fours-les-Plages (Room Escape Games & Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole) and Wine Tours Provence & Riviera (in Cogolin). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, sample the tasty concoctions at Brasserie Carteron, explore the world behind art at Le musée de l’Annonciade, and slough off your stress at Pause Serenite.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Hyeres travel planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Plage Des Brouis (in La Croix-Valmer), Golf de Roquebrune Resort (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens) and Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, learn about all things military at Memorial des Guerres en Indochine, discover the deep blue sea with Agathonis Plongee, and stroll through Sentier du littoral.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael day trip app.

Getting from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more), Village de Mougins (in Mougins) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Place Massena, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nice road trip planner.

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 November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.
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Lyon — 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere (in Grenoble), Room Escape Games (in Valence) and Lake Annecy (in Annecy). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon sightseeing app.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, Lyon is little chillier than Nice - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then make a trip to Mont Saint-Michel.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel online trip planner.

Fly from Lyon to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience (in Pont-L'Eveque) and Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, take a stroll through Montmartre, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planning site.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the train 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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