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 Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to La Compagnie des Terroirs and Golf 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, Golf Omaha Beach, Musee D-Day Omaha, Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944
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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 Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as 1st Arrondissement and Quartier de l'Opera. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through 7th 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 Statues des Trois Oies. 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

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Abri Pataud, Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe, Chateau de Lacypierre, Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Grolejac, Canoe Dordogne
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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 St. Vincent. Get some cultural insight at Maison Guinot and Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Mirepoix (Enjoy Parapente, Place Marechal Leclerc, &more), Tour Magdala (in Rennes-le-Chateau) and Basilique Notre-Dame de Marceille (in Limoux). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Paul, don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, and examine the collection at Musee Archeologique.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne road trip planner.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat 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) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Mirepoix, Narbonne, Limoux, Mirepoix, Abbey of Saint-Hilaire
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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 Chateau La Nerthe. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente and Distillerie A. Blachere. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Rhonea - Les Vignerons de Caractere (in Vacqueyras), Moulin à Huile d' Olive du Calanquet (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Dentelles de Montmirail (in Gigondas). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Chateau de la Gardine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Agricol, indulge your taste buds at Tours du Rhone, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wine Safari.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Avignon sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhonea - Les Vignerons de Caractere, Domaine des Bernardins, Moulin à Huile d' Olive du Calanquet, Dentelles de Montmirail
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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 EVTT Provence. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chapelle Notre-Dame de Pitie and Chateau Calissanne. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte (in Aix-en-Provence), Sentier Littoral (in Bandol) and Domaine Lou Capelan (in La Cadiere d'Azur). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Laurent, look for gifts at Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, see the interesting displays at Pavillon M, and find your balance on the water with Glisse Pour Tous.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Marseille online attractions planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to 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, Sentier Littoral, Domaine Lou Capelan, Chateau Calissanne
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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 Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de la Nartelle and Calanque de Maubois. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Gorges de Pennafort (in Callas), Draguignan (Le Musee des Arts Et Traditions Populaires & Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial) and San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule). The adventure continues: get some thrills on the water with Cap-Sea, identify plant and animal life at Pointe des Sardinaux, enjoy the sand and surf at La Ponche Beach, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sainte-Maxime, Draguignan, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Gorges de Pennafort, La Ponche Beach
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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). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Place Rossetti, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and stroll through Old Harbor (La Darse).

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Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Nice sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Menton, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike
Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike
Tourrettes-sur-Loup ©
Tourrettes-sur-Loup

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