57 days in France Itinerary

57 days in France Itinerary

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Rouen
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne
— 7 nights
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Paris
— 9 nights
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Rouen — 4 nights

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Amiens (St-Leu, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more) and Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, cast your line with Navigation Normande - Le Havre, and don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rouen trip maker website.

Birmingham, UK to Rouen is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Rouen is 1 hour. May in Rouen sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
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Find places to stay May 15 — 19:

Bayeux — 6 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Deauville Beach (in Deauville City), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bayeux itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 4 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mont-Saint-Michel: Chateau le Rocher Portail (in Saint-Brice-en-Cogles), Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James) and Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel route site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
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Nice — 8 nights

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 Nice's surroundings by going to Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso) and Cannes (Le Suquet, La Croisette, &more). Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nice travel route planning tool.

Fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in May: high temperatures in Nice hover around 24°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 6 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Kelys (in Sainte-Maxime), Chateau Des Garcinieres (in Cogolin) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grimaud, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, and admire the natural beauty at Kuentz le Monde des Cactus.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in June, expect nights in Saint-Raphael to be a bit cooler, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille — 5 nights

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 out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Parc Olbius-Riquier (in Hyeres), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, take a stroll through The Panier, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille vacation planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Marseille sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 7 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). Dedicate the 19th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. June in Avignon sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 7 nights

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 Terre Liquide (in Mons), Domaine Preignes le Vieux (in Vias) and Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Paraza, make a trip to La Porte D'aude, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne holiday planning website.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 9 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Grand Canal). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paris holiday app.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Carcassonne in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough 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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