44 days in France Itinerary

44 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Nice
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hyeres
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Marseille
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
+6
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly + Foot + Train + Bus:  7 h 45 min
6
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Bayeux
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
8
Paris
— 7 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Cape Town

6
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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, get great views at Mt Boron, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nice online trip itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Nice is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Cape Town to Nice, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cape Town, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villefranche-sur-Mer
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Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

5
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: Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), Plage de Guerrevieille (in Grimaud) and Port Grimaud (Port Grimaud Beach & Church St Francis of Assisi). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, kick back and relax at Abel Baliff Beach, stroll through Les Balcons du Cap Roux, and make a splash at Aqualand Frejus.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael road trip app.

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. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Frejus, Grimaud, Waterworld lake of gaudrade, Plage du Chateau
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:
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Plage du Chateau ©
Plage du Chateau
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Waterworld lake of gaudrade ©
Waterworld lake of gaudrade

5
nights
Hyeres

Hyeres ©
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. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle & Plage de Cavaliere), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de Cabasson & Plage de la Faviere). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Plage noire du Langoustier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage De Peno, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and trek along Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hyeres trip website.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, expect nights in Hyeres to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Le Pradet, Plage de la Coudouliere, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 4:
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Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier
Plage de la Faviere ©
Plage de la Faviere
Plage des Oursinieres ©
Plage des Oursinieres

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Cassis (Port de Cassis, Plage de l’Arene, &more), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, wander the streets of The Panier, and don't miss a visit to Moulin Le Pain Blanc.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Marseille, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cassis, Aix-en-Provence, Moulin Le Pain Blanc, Route des Cretes
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Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If
Kayaking & Canoeing
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

4
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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere, trek along Mayronnes Sculpture Trail, and learn about winemaking at Chateau Guery.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne online day trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Outdoors Parks
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

5
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Get out of town with these interesting Mont-Saint-Michel side-trips: Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal (in Brehal), Zoo de Champrepus (in Champrepus) and Genets (Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel & Beach of Genets). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, relax in the rural setting at La Michaudiere, and admire the sheer force of Petite Cascade de Mortain.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel tour itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Carcassonne to Mont-Saint-Michel in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carcassonne in September: highs in Mont-Saint-Michel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Juvigny-sous-Andaine, Genets, Plage du Plat Gousset, Petite Cascade de Mortain, Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:
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Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James ©
Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James

5
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: Ouistreham Beach (in Ouistreham), Ranville (Pegasus Bridge & Cimetières Militaires) and Falaise (Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant & Eglise Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, stroll through Omaha Beach, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. September in Bayeux sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Ranville, Falaise, Memorial de Caen, Sword Beach
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery

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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Le Marais, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find photos and tourist information, you can read our Paris travel route planner.

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 30:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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