53 days in France Itinerary

53 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Rouen
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Albi
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Annecy
— 2 nights
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
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Cannes
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Paris

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Place des Vosges and Jardin des Tuileries. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles, The Hall of Mirrors, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Paris is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Paris, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in April, expect nights in Paris to be slightly colder, around 6°C, while days are cooler, around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

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Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Falaises d'Etretat and Rue Eau de Robec. Venture out of the city with trips to Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde) and CHOCOLATS HAUTOT - Musee decouverte (in Fecamp). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc, make a trip to Parlement de Normandie, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and steep yourself in history at Palais de Justice.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip planner.

Drive from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Rouen, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bayeux War Cemetery and Normandy American Cemetery. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux, learn about all things military at Musee D-Day Omaha, and experience rural life at Ferme de la Haizerie.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 12:

Saint-Malo

— 2 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Explore hidden gems such as Petit Bé and Le Grand Be. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee des Terre- Neuvas, walk around Parc de la Briantais, make a trip to La Grand' Porte, and tour the pleasant surroundings at GR 34.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Saint-Malo online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 15:

La Rochelle

— 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vieux Port and Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Rochelle: Fort Boyard (in Fouras), Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois (in Rochefort) and Le Port des Salines (in Le Grand-Village-Plage). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, stroll around Parc Charruyer, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, and don't miss a visit to Porte de la Grosse-Horloge.

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You can drive from Saint-Malo to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:

Bordeaux

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau Cantenac and Place de la Bourse. Venture out of the city with trips to Arcachon (Parc Mauresque, Observatoire Sainte-Cecile, &more) and Saint-Emilion (Chateau Guadet & Chateau Laniote). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Public, pause for some photo ops at Monument aux Girondins, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Louis des Chartrons.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux trip maker app.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Albi.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:

Albi

— 3 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters. Explore Albi's surroundings by going to Fromagerie Papillon Caves (in Roquefort Sur Soulzon), Fort de Saint-Jean d'Alcas (in Saint-Jean d'Alcas) and Millau (Aeropaint Paintball Lasergame Millau & Viaduc de Millau). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, take in the views from Pont Vieux, examine the collection at Musee de la Mode, and take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Albi day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Albi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Albi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Albi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

Lyon

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Wed), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then make a trip to Le Mur Des Canuts, and finally examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste, then get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and finally admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon journey planner.

Getting from Albi to Lyon by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a train. In April in Lyon, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

Annecy

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 28th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, make a trip to La Vieille Ville, then take an exotic tour of Annecy Lake Safari, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Francois, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Le Paquier. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Musee Faure, boost your wellbeing at Spa La Parenthese, and then don't miss a visit to Pont des Amours.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Annecy trip planner.

Getting from Lyon to Annecy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Annecy are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Historic Sites · Spas · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

Chamonix

— 2 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Le Parc Thermal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chamonix: Saint-Gervais-les-Bains (Chevrerie Au Coeur de Montjoie & Pont du Diable). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, fly down the slopes at Aiguille du Midi, take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, and stroll the grounds of Chamonix Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix road trip planning website.

You can drive from Annecy to Chamonix in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

Avignon

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Wed), learn about winemaking at Chateau de la Gardine, then appreciate the history behind Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon, then take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime).

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Drive from Chamonix to Avignon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in Avignon are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

Marseille

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, cruise along Route des Cretes, and then explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Saint-Tropez

— 3 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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime and Le musée de l’Annonciade. Take a break from Saint-Tropez with a short trip to Le Cap Lardier in La Croix-Valmer, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront activity at St. Tropez Harbor, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro, discover the deep blue sea with Cap Camarat Plongee ecole de plongee, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse de Ramatuelle.

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You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Saint-Tropez are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Cannes

— 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Suquet and Monuments aux Morts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cannes: Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon (in Gourdon), Agathonis Plongee (in Agay) and Site de Malpasset (in Frejus). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso, take in the awesome beauty at San Peyre, examine the collection at Les Jardins du MIP, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Cannes driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Nice

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Be Free To Dive in Villeneuve-Loubet, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Place Rossetti, make a trip to Fort du Mont Alban, get outside with Promenade du Paillon, and delve into the lush surroundings at Parc du Mont Boron.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Cannes to Nice by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Nice

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 16:

Calvi, Corsica

— 3 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Explore hidden gems such as Citadelle de Calvi and Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra. Explore Calvi's surroundings by going to Couvent Saint-Dominique (in Ile Rousse), Eglise de Sant'Antonino (in Sant'Antonino) and Musee Prive Guy Savelli (in Corbara). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, appreciate the history behind La Croix des Autrichiens, look for gifts at Annie Traiteur, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Blaise.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Calvi trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Nice to Calvi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Calvi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 3 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel, make a trip to Phare de Pertusato, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sentier du Patrimoine, then stroll through Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi, then don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally look for gifts at KOCOTTE.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bonifacio holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Calvi to Bonifacio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Calvi in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Bonifacio, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Trails · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

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.