45 days in France Itinerary

45 days in France Itinerary

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45 days in France Itinerary

Start: Toulouse
Train:  1​h 15​min
1
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Avignon
— 5 nights
Train:  45​min
3
Marseille
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Nice
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Paris
— 7 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Rouen
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Bayeux
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Toulouse

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 Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Room Escape Games). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, make a trip to Notre Dame du Cros, and explore the world behind art at La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Carcassonne trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Toulouse to Carcassonne is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toulouse, Mount Perdu
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Mount Perdu ©
Mount Perdu

5
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Syndicat d'Initiative de Visan (in Visan). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, and make a trip to Pont d'Avignon.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Avignon attractions planning site .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Avignon sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Carrieres des Lumieres, Domaine Marcel Richaud, Fontaine de l'Ange, Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Presqu'ile de Giens (in Giens), Cassis (Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis & Saint Michel Church) and Aix-en-Provence (Mystery Games, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, don't miss a visit to Cimetiere militaire franco-italien, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Consolation, and cruise along Route des Cretes.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 5°C at night. 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, Six-Fours-les-Plages, Cassis
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet

4
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans), Sainte-Maxime (Kelys & Domaine des Beaucas) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (La Certosa di La Verne & Domaine Sainte Marie).

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Sainte-Maxime, Cogolin, Maison du Patrimoine, Domaine Val d'Iris
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Domaine Val d'Iris ©
Domaine Val d'Iris
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Mont Vinaigre ©
Mont Vinaigre

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 Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Lérins Islands & Casino Barriere Le Croisette), Antibes (Musee Picasso & Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)) and Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, get your game on at SENSAS Nice, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in December, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Antibes, Cannes, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Galerie Lifetime Gallery, La Petite Cave de Saint Paul
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SENSAS Nice ©
SENSAS Nice
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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 to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip website .

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, Paris is slightly colder than Nice - with highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

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

6
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers), Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre (in Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, stroll through Plage Du Tilleul, and kick back and relax at Plage de Benerville sur Mer.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rouen online travel planner .

Take a bus from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Rouen are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, have some family-friendly fun at Energie Paintball, and relax in the rural setting at Ferme de Vailly.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°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 Parks

Side Trips

Eglise Saint-Germain, Ferme Manoir du Champ Versant, Plage de Vauville, Pointe du Grouin du Sud, Ferme de Vailly
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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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