45 days in France Itinerary

45 days in France Itinerary

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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 2 nights
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
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Biarritz
— 4 nights
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Calvi, Corsica

— 3 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Visit Plage de Galeria and Plage de Bussaglia for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Arinella and Algaio Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Calvi: Eglise de l'Assomption (in Cateri), Ile Rousse (Phare de la Pietra & Plage Ile Rousse) and Eglise de Sant'Antonino (in Sant'Antonino). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola, make a trip to Les Calanche Cliffs, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral St. Jean Baptiste, and take some stellar pictures from Village abandonné d'Occi.

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New York City, USA to Calvi is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Calvi, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Calvi are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 4 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio and Eglise Saint-Dominique de Bonifacio will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Plage de Rondinara and Off-Road Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Bonifacio: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Propriano), Plage de Campomoro (in Belvedere-Campomoro) and Plage de Tizzano (de l'Avena) (in Tizzano). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Plage De Roccapina, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), stroll through Plage de Balistra, and take a leisurely stroll along Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the Bonifacio travel planner.

Drive from Calvi to Bonifacio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Calvi in August, Bonifacio is a bit cooler at night with lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau La Coste en Provence and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Abbaye du Thoronet and Cathédrale La Major. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), Colorado Provencal (in Rustrel) and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Sainte-Croix, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, and take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Marseille road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Escape the urban bustle at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eglise St-Trophime and La Grotte de Trabuc. Venture out of the city with trips to Espiguette Beach (in Le Grau-du-Roi), Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, admire the natural beauty at La Bambouseraie en Cevennes, and explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Arles online journey planner.

Getting from Marseille to Arles by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. August in Arles sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 4 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Get outdoors at Grotte de la Salamandre and Le Pont d'Arc. Your inner history buff will appreciate Forteresse de Mornas and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval. Change things up with these side-trips from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar), La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte) and Chateau de Grignan (in Grignan). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Escale Aventure, take in breathtaking views at Gorges de l'Ardeche, stop by Cite du Chocolat Valrhona, and examine the collection at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip planner.

Getting from Arles to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:

Clermont-Ferrand

— 2 nights

France's Liverpool

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
On the 22nd (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Telepherique du Sancy, get outside with Lac Pavin, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Murol, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Nectaire, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at L'Aventure Michelin, stroll around Jardin Lecoq, look for all kinds of wild species at Volcano Park of Lemptegy, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tournoel, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Portaberaud.

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Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Clermont-Ferrand takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in August, things will get slightly colder in Clermont-Ferrand: highs are around 78°F and lows about 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Rocamadour

— 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Remparts du Chateau, Head underground at Grottes de Lacave, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, then contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse, and finally meet the residents at Parc Animalier de Gramat. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Musée de l'insolite, steep yourself in history at Grotte du Pech-Merle, steep yourself in history at Commanderie des Templiers, then see the interesting displays at Musee Champollion, and finally examine the collection at Insectopia.

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You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Rocamadour in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Rocamadour, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, explore the striking landscape at Les Grottes de Maxange, then steep yourself in history at Château de Biron, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil, and finally make a trip to Eglise Saint Louis.

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Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

La Rochelle

— 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Explore hidden gems such as Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits and Le Bunker de La Rochelle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont and Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines. Explore La Rochelle's surroundings by going to La Cite de L'Huitre (in Marennes), Le phare de chassiron (in Saint-Denis d'Oleron) and Fort Boyard (in Fouras). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, get great views at Clocher Observatoire, stop by L'Ouvre Boites, and visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read La Rochelle trip planner.

You can drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in August, plan for slightly colder days in La Rochelle, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:

Azay-le-Rideau

— 2 nights
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
On the 31st (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Loches, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes Petrifiantes, then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, and finally don't miss a visit to Château de l'Islette. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of La Forteresse de Montbazon, then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St-Etienne, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Azay-le-Rideau day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Azay-le-Rideau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Azay-le-Rideau sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:

Honfleur

— 3 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Historial Jeanne d’Arc and Musee Villa Montebello. Abbaye de Jumieges and Palais Benedictine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Honfleur side-trips: Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde (in Etretat), Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Rue du Gros-Horloge, &more) and Le Havre (Eglise St-Joseph & Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Trouville, don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and kick back and relax at Deauville Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Honfleur vacation maker.

Drive from Azay-le-Rideau to Honfleur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Azay-le-Rideau in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Honfleur, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Popular historic sites such as Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique and Omaha Beach Memorial Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Church of Sainte-Mère-Église & Airborne Museum), La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont) and Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Pegasus Bridge). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Musee de la Batterie de Merville, admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Vendeuvre, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and take an in-depth tour of D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Bayeux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 9:

Saint-Malo

— 3 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Explore hidden gems such as Mont Saint-Michel Bay and Les Remparts de Dinan. Get some cultural insight at Saint-Malo Cathedral and Chateau de Fougeres. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Malo: Musee Christian Dior (in Granville), Cap d'Erquy (in Erquy) and Plevenon (Fort La Latte & Cap Fréhel). There's much more to do: deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort National, steep yourself in history at Menhir du Champ Dolent, head outdoors with Avel Char, and pick up some local products at Marche aux Huitres.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo tour site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Biarritz.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Biarritz

— 4 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Get in touch with nature at Sentier du Littoral and River Rafting & Tubing. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Villa Arnaga and Château de Pau. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biarritz: Lourdes (Grotte de Massabielle & Chateau Fort of Lourdes), Grottes de Betharram (in Saint-Pe-de-Bigorre) and Boulevard des Pyrenees (in Pau). There's lots more to do: stop by L'Atelier du Piment, see the interesting displays at Ecomuseum Marquèze, get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Observatoire Abbadia.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Biarritz trip maker site.

You can fly from Saint-Malo to Biarritz in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Saint-Malo in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Biarritz, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:

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.