49 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 8 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Rouen
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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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip app.

Houston, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Houston to Paris, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in March, expect nights in Paris to be a bit cooler, around 38°F, while days are cooler, around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, Musee de Grenoble, &more) and Dijon (Musee Magnin & Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon). There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Estades Lyon, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lyon trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chamonix: Lake Annecy (in Annecy) and Chevrerie Des Confins (in La Clusaz). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, and get outside with Brevent Cable Car.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip maker app.

You can drive from Lyon to Chamonix in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Centre d'art La Malmaison at Cannes, Lérins Islands, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, take a stroll through Old Town, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nice tour planning tool.

Getting from Chamonix to Nice by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Saint-Tropez (Le musée de l’Annonciade & Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime), Pause Serenite (in La Croix-Valmer) and Les Murs Vegetaux (in Gassin). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, learn about winemaking at Domaine Terres Destel, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Peyre, and trek along Massif du Tanneron.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Villa des Flo (in Bandol), Saint Michel Church (in Cassis) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, take a stroll through The Panier, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Marseille route builder site.

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. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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), Toulouse (Le Riad du Bien etre, Room Escape Games, &more) and Lacaune Miniatures (in Lacaune). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip tool.

Getting from Marseille to Carcassonne by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 5 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Deauville Beach (in Deauville City). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Sherman Tank, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and examine the collection at Musee du debarquement.

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Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in April, things will get slightly colder in Bayeux: highs are around 58°F and lows about 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite) (in Fecamp), Amiens (Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens & Maison de Jules Verne) and Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Rouen sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can 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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