42 days in France Itinerary

42 days in France Itinerary

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1
Paris
— 3 nights
2
Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
3
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
4
Chamonix
— 4 nights
5
Briancon
— 5 nights
6
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
7
Saint-Tropez
— 4 nights
8
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
9
Nice
— 5 nights
10
La Rochelle
— 4 nights
11
Bayeux
— 4 nights

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Paris Plage and Île de la Cité. Explore hidden gems such as Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Lille to Paris is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lille in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Montmartre ©
Montmartre

3
nights
Calvi, Corsica

Calvi ©
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. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Off-Road Tours. You'll get in some beach time at Plage de Ghignu and Plage de Bodri. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calvi: Galeria Marina (in Galeria) and Phare de la Pietra (in Ile Rousse). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola, explore the ancient world of Village abandonné d'Occi, contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi, and make a trip to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Calvi trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Calvi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July, Calvi is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Corsica, Plage de Bodri, Galeria Marina, Plage de Ghignu, Phare de la Pietra
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Plage de Ghignu ©
Plage de Ghignu
Nature Reserve of Scandola ©
Nature Reserve of Scandola
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Bonifacio, Corsica

Bonifacio ©
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.
On the 17th (Fri), head outdoors with Plage du Grand Sperone, thenstep off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, and finally steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): head outdoors with Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio, get all the equipment you need at Gear Rentals, take a leisurely stroll along Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, thenmake a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bonifacio itinerary planning app.

Getting from Calvi to Bonifacio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Calvi in July since evenings lows in Bonifacio dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Iles Lavezzi ©
Iles Lavezzi
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio

4
nights
Chamonix

Chamonix ©
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Explore hidden gems such as Les Gorges du Fier and Semnoz. Get in touch with nature at Parasailing & Paragliding and Aiguille du Midi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chamonix: Plage de Chatillon (in Chindrieux) and La Vieille Ville (in Annecy). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Brevent Cable Car, identify plant and animal life at Aiguilles Rouges, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, and explore the striking landscape at Grotte de Glace.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Chamonix trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Bonifacio to Chamonix takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Briancon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Annecy, Plage de Chatillon, Les Gorges du Fier
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Vallee Blanche ©
Vallee Blanche
Parasailing & Paragliding
Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car

5
nights
Briancon

Briançon a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Get outdoors at Lac de Serre-Poncon and Col d'Izoard. Discover out-of-the-way places like Serre Chevalier Sensation and Zipline. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Briancon: Parc des Ecureuils (in Montclar), Cascade de la Pisse (in Reallon) and L’Accrobranche Serre-Poncon Aventure (in Chorges). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head outdoors with ESI Puy St Vincent, and explore the stunning scenery at Montagne & Canyon.

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Getting from Chamonix to Briancon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Briancon

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Pelvoux, Saint-Chaffrey, Puy-Saint-Vincent, Col d'Izoard, YaPluKa
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River Rafting & Tubing
Col d'Izoard ©
Col d'Izoard
Refuge du Glacier Blanc ©
Refuge du Glacier Blanc

4
nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc ©
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. Escape the urban bustle at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc and Mt Ventoux. Step off the beaten path and head to Gorges de l'Ardeche and Kayaking & Canoeing. Venture out of the city with trips to Grotte de la Salamandre (in Mejannes-le-Clap), Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan) and Grotte de la Cocalière (in Courry). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont d'Arc, Head underground at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, admire the sheer force of Cascades du Sautadet, and head outdoors with GEO Ardeche Canyon.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc sightseeing planning site.

Drive from Briancon to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Orgnac-l'Aven, Grotte de la Salamandre, Base Canyon de la Besorgues, Cascades du Sautadet, Escale Aventure
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Le Pont d'Arc ©
Le Pont d'Arc
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Grotte de la Salamandre ©
Grotte de la Salamandre

4
nights
Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plage de l'Escalet and Plage de l'Estagnol. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Tahiti Plage will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Tropez: Le Lavandou (Plage de Cavaliere, Plage de Jean Blanc, &more), La Londe Les Maures (Plage de L'Argentiere & Plage du Pellegrin) and Plage de la Faviere (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Plage de Pampelonne, head outdoors with Cap Taillat, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Vergeron.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez travel planning app.

Drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Saint-Tropez in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Le Lavandou, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, La Londe Les Maures, Sainte-Maxime
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
We've included these beaches for you: Plage d'Antheor and Calanque de Maubois. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Les Gorges du Verdon and Plage de L'Oratoire. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Plage le Magellan (in Theoule sur Mer) and Gorges de Pennafort (in Callas). And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), kick back and relax at Plage de la Baumette, get outside with Sublim Sky, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Agay Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael online road trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Tropez to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Frejus, Les Gorges du Verdon, Plage d'Antheor, Plage le Magellan
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Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
Plage du Chateau ©
Plage du Chateau
Calanque de Maubois ©
Calanque de Maubois

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Castel Plage and Juan les Pins Main Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Le Suquet and Coco Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Mandelieu-la-Napoule (Waterskiing & Jetskiing & Plage Robinson), Golfe-Juan Vallauris (Plage du Midi & Plage du Soleil) and Cannes (Cannes Jet Location, Plage Mace, &more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Lanterne, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Baie des Milliardaires, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice visit 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. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Saint-Raphael in August: highs in Nice hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Antibes, Cannes, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Golfe-Juan Vallauris, Pitchoun Forest
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Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Castel Plage ©
Castel Plage

4
nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle
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.
Relax by the water at Plage de Chatelaillon and Plage de la Concurrence. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vieux Port and Phare des Baleines. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Rochelle: Plage de la Conche des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines), Le phare de chassiron (in Saint-Denis d'Oleron) and Saint Martin de Re (Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re & Clocher Observatoire). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, see the interesting displays at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, don't miss a visit to Rue du Palais, and stop by Quartier Saint Nicolas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Nice to La Rochelle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in August, expect La Rochelle to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Clement des Baleines, Saint Martin de Re, Le phare de chassiron, Plage de Chatelaillon
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Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Plage de Chatelaillon ©
Plage de Chatelaillon
Plage de la Conche des Baleines ©
Plage de la Conche des Baleines

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Deauville Beach. Visit Omaha Beach and Plage de Vauville for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Plage de Benerville sur Mer (in Benerville-sur-Mer), Plages de Houlgate (in Houlgate) and Plage de Cabourg (in Cabourg). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read Bayeux online vacation planner.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Bayeux in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from La Rochelle in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Bayeux. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Les Roches de Ham (Point de Vue), Omaha Beach, Plage de Vauville, Pointe du Hoc, Plages de Houlgate
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Deauville Beach ©
Deauville Beach

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