41 days in France Itinerary

41 days in France Itinerary

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

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Musee Baron Gerard and Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to La Compagnie des Terroirs and Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Discovery Walks, view the masterpieces at Normandie Savoir-Faire, learn about all things military at Musee D-Day Omaha, and get engrossed in the history at Musée de Normandie.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux driving holiday app.

Portland, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Portland to Bayeux due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Portland, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bayeux, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Caen, Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944, Golf Omaha Beach, Musee D-Day Omaha, Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach
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Musee Baron Gerard ©
Musee Baron Gerard
La Compagnie des Terroirs ©
La Compagnie des Terroirs

6
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.
Musee de Montmartre and 1st Arrondissement are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Le Palais Royal and Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through 6th Arrondissement, contemplate the long history of Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, take a tour by water with Catlante Catamarans, and see the interesting displays at Albert Kahn Musee et Jardins.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris journey planning website.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boulogne-Billancourt, Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
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6th Arrondissement ©
6th Arrondissement
Wine Tours & Tastings
1st Arrondissement ©
1st Arrondissement

4
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Get outdoors at Canoe Dordogne and Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Grolejac. Explore hidden gems such as Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe and Ascenceur Panoramique. Step out of Sarlat-la-Caneda to go to Campagne and see Chateau de Campagne, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Bernifal, add some adventure to your tour with Carsac Canoe, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Lacypierre, and sample the fine beverages at Distillerie la Salamandre.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Paris in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Campagne, Abri Pataud, Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe, Grotte de Bernifal, Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Grolejac
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Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe ©
Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe
Chateau de Campagne ©
Chateau de Campagne
Grotte de Bernifal ©
Grotte de Bernifal

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Abbey of Saint-Hilaire and Eglise Saint-Paul. Get some cultural insight at Eglise St. Vincent and Musee Archeologique. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Mirepoix (Enjoy Parapente, Place Marechal Leclerc, &more), Tour Magdala (in Rennes-le-Chateau) and Limoux (Basilique Notre-Dame de Marceille & Maison Guinot). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, learn about all things military at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante, admire the local landmark of Fountain of Neptune, and do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Carcassonne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Mirepoix, Narbonne, Limoux, Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, Mirepoix
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Eglise St. Vincent ©
Eglise St. Vincent
Abbey of Saint-Hilaire ©
Abbey of Saint-Hilaire
Maison Guinot ©
Maison Guinot

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilique Saint Pierre and Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Pape Jean XXII and Distillerie A. Blachere. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Dentelles de Montmirail (in Gigondas), Moulin à Huile d' Olive du Calanquet (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Rhonea - Les Vignerons de Caractere (in Vacqueyras). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Chateau de la Gardine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Agricol, savor the flavors at Tours du Rhone, and contemplate the long history of Palais du Roure.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Avignon trip planning website.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Avignon, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Tours du Rhone, Dentelles de Montmirail, Domaine des Bernardins, Moulin à Huile d' Olive du Calanquet
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Wine Safari ©
Wine Safari
Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere
Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente ©
Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente

4
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 hidden gems such as Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque and Sentier Littoral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chapelle Notre-Dame de Pitie and Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau Calissanne (in Lancon-Provence) and Domaine Lou Capelan (in La Cadiere d'Azur). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at EVTT Provence, find your balance on the water with Glisse Pour Tous, stop by Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Laurent.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille journey planner.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Chapelle Notre-Dame de Pitie, Chateau Calissanne, Domaine Lou Capelan, Sentier Littoral
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Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque ©
Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque
EVTT Provence ©
EVTT Provence
Chapelle Notre-Dame de Pitie ©
Chapelle Notre-Dame de Pitie

5
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cap du Dramont and Plage de la Nartelle. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Ponche Beach and Calanque de Maubois. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Gorges de Pennafort (in Callas) and Draguignan (Le Musee des Arts Et Traditions Populaires & Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, and identify plant and animal life at Pointe des Sardinaux.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sainte-Maxime, Draguignan, San Peyre, La Ponche Beach, Gorges de Pennafort
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Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial ©
Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial
Gorges de Pennafort ©
Gorges de Pennafort
San Peyre ©
San Peyre

7
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de la Mariniere and Promenade du Soleil. Get in touch with nature at Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Prestige de Menton - Eau de Menton (in Menton) and Eglise de Biot (in Biot). There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and admire the masterpieces at Massena Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nice day trip site.

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. In October, daytime highs in Nice are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Villefranche-sur-Mer, Menton, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, Eglise de Biot
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Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike
Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike
Tourrettes-sur-Loup ©
Tourrettes-sur-Loup

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