43 days in France Itinerary

43 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France attractions planner
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lérins Islands and Forcerie Vial. Kids will appreciate attractions like Vieille Ville and Palais Lascaris. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and stroll through Paloma Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nice sightseeing planning website.

Atlanta, USA to Nice is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Atlanta to Nice. Traveling from Atlanta in April, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (64°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time 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. Bring the kids along to Dune La Londe and Le Cap Lardier. Escape the urban bustle at Sentier Jean Francois Jube and Plage de Gigaro. Venture out of the city with trips to La Croix-Valmer (Heraclee Beach & Plage de Vergeron), Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres) and Sentier du Littoral (in Saint-Tropez). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier Littoral, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage La Capte.

Make your Hyeres itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Musee Granet. Get outdoors at Trolib and Calanque de Port-Miou. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in La Ciotat) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's more to do: take a stroll through The Panier and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Avignon.
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Find places to stay May 6 — 10:

Avignon — 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Palais des Papes and Escale Aventure. Museum-lovers will get to explore Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Angladon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Maison de la Nature (in Lattes), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Cathedrale Des Images) and Cathedrale St. Pierre (in Montpellier). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, and steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Find places to stay May 10 — 16:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Grotte de Niaux and Reserve Africaine de Sigean. Kids will enjoy Cité de Carcassonne and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret) and Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, ponder the design of Place Carnot, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, and get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne day trip planner.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in May, you will find days in Carcassonne are little chillier (69°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 6 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Visit Mont Saint-Michel and Pointe du Hoc for their historical value. Visiting Falaises d'Etretat and Deauville Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre), Plage de Benerville sur Mer (in Benerville-sur-Mer) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, look for gifts at La Maison du Biscuit, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, and take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Bayeux trip website.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Carcassonne in May, with highs in Bayeux at 62°F and lows at 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paris.
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Find places to stay May 21 — 27:

Paris — 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Seine River. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 3:

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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