47 days in France Itinerary

47 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner

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Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Drive to Rouen
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Rouen
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Amboise
— 4 nights
Train
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Paris
— 6 nights
Fly
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Rouen

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fondation Claude Monet and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Amiens (St-Leu & Maison de Jules Verne), Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial (in Beaumont-Hamel) and Pozieres Memorial (in Pozieres). There's much more to do: stroll through Falaises d'Etretat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), make a trip to Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou, and get engrossed in the history at Franco-Australian Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rouen day trip planner.

Washington, USA to Rouen is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Rouen due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington in September: high temperatures in Rouen hover around 68°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 5:

Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Get some cultural insight at Mont Saint-Michel and Normandy American Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Cimetières Militaires), German War Cemetery (in Orglandes) and Les Dominicaines, Espace Culturel & Artotheque (in Pont-L'Eveque). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bayeux online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 10:

Amboise

— 4 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Chambord and Chateau de Chenonceau. Let the collections at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and Maison-Musee Lansyer capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Amboise: Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny) and Chateau de Loches (in Loches). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, catch all the local highlights with Rendez-Vous dans les Vignes, and do a tasting at Chateau Gaudrelle.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Amboise tour app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Amboise in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:

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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Amboise to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 20:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 4 nights
Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Castelnaud are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Beynac and Chateau de Bonaguil. Explore Castelnaud-la-Chapelle's surroundings by going to Musee Zadkine (in Les Arques), Moulin de la Rouzique (in Couze-et-Saint-Front) and Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac (in Salviac).

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Paris to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Paris in October, expect nights in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee des Augustins and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Visit Cité de Carcassonne and Church of Les Jacobins for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Basilique Saint-Sernin (in Toulouse), Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, get to know the fascinating history of La Cite Medievale, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, and ponder the design of Place Carnot.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Palais des Papes and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pont d'Avignon and Chateau de Lourmarin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Cathedrale Saint Veran (in Cavaillon), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Un Siecle de Roulottes (in Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie). Dedicate the 1st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, and do a tasting at Chateau de la Gardine.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Avignon sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 3:

Marseille

— 4 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.
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles and Musee Granet will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Chartreuse de la Verne. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont), Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, wander the streets of The Panier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere de la Treille.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planning site.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. November in Marseille sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:

Nice

— 8 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.
Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso), Cannes (Lérins Islands, Le Suquet, &more) and Azur Wine Tours (in Vence). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

Find out how to plan Nice trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 15:

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.