45 days in France Itinerary

45 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
2
Avignon
— 5 nights
3
Marseille
— 6 nights
4
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
5
Nice
— 6 nights
6
Paris
— 7 nights
7
Rouen
— 6 nights
8
Bayeux
— 7 nights

3
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Room Escape Games). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at Chateau Guery, stroll through Station de Ski Montclar, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne travel tool.

Toulouse to Carcassonne is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toulouse, Mount Perdu
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Room Escape Games
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

5
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Syndicat d'Initiative de Visan (in Visan). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, do a tasting at Cave Ourouse, get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet, and examine the collection at Musee Angladon.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Avignon itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Avignon, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Carrieres des Lumieres, Nuances du Sud, Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, Mediatheque Jean Tortel
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

6
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Mystery Games, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Laser game Evolution (in Les-Pennes-Mirabeau) and Presqu'ile de Giens (in Giens). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, don't miss a visit to Collegiale Saint Pierre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales, and have some family-friendly fun at Laser Game Evolution Toulon.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marseille online trip planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Marseille, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Hyeres, Aix-en-Provence, La Ciotat, Cassis, Six-Fours-les-Plages
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Virtual Room Toulon ©
Virtual Room Toulon

4
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Bormes-Les-Mimosas (La Certosa di La Verne & Domaine Sainte Marie), Sainte-Maxime (Kelys & Domaine des Beaucas) and Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, have fun and explore at Maison du Patrimoine, pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and learn about winemaking at Domaine La Tourraque.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael visit planner.

Drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Wineries Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cogolin, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Sainte-Maxime, Notre Dame d‘Afrique, Mont Vinaigre
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Domaine Val d'Iris ©
Domaine Val d'Iris
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Total Xscape ©
Total Xscape

6
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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: Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins), Antibes (Musee Picasso & Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)) and Cannes (Lérins Islands & Casino Barriere Le Croisette). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Antibes, Cannes, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Galerie Lifetime Gallery, La Petite Cave de Saint Paul
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Place Massena ©
Place Massena

7
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris travel route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nice in January; daily highs in Paris reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

6
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre (in Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Vieux Bassin, and kick back and relax at Plage de Benerville sur Mer.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Rouen trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Honfleur, Etretat, Musee de l'Emigration Francaise au Canada, Plage Du Tilleul, Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

7
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Pointe du Grouin du Sud (in Vains) and Plage de Vauville (in Vauville). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, have some family-friendly fun at Studio Ca me Chante !, and admire the striking features of Ferme Manoir du Champ Versant.

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Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Fun & Games Beaches

Side Trips

Porte Horloge de Vire, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Ferme de Vailly, Eglise Saint-Germain, Mont Saint-Michel
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

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