57 days in France Itinerary

57 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Paris
— 9 nights
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Rouen
— 8 nights
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Bayeux
— 8 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Le Lavandou
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 7 nights
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Paris

— 9 nights

City of Light

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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles, The Trianons & The Hamlet, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Bristol, UK to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bristol to Paris due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods

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Find places to stay Aug 8 — 17:

Rouen

— 8 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Fecamp (Palais Benedictine, Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), &more), Cimetiere Marin (in Varengeville-sur-Mer) and Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rouen tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 25:

Bayeux

— 8 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Chateau of Carrouges (in Carrouges), Ranville (Pegasus Bridge, Pegasus Memorial, &more) and Studio Ca me Chante ! (in Caen). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bayeux online travel route planner.

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bayeux are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — Sep 2:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 5 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mont-Saint-Michel: Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James), Parc Regional Basse Normandie (in Domfront) and Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel, make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest, experience rural life at La Michaudiere - Ferme du Cheval de Trait, and head off the coast to Les iles Chausey.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 7:

Nice

— 8 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Galerie Elegance (in Mougins), Menton (La Salle des Mariages & Musee du Bastion) and Antibes (Plage de la Garoupe, Villa Eilenroc, &more). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Marineland, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, stroll through Castel Plage, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

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Fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in September, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 15:

Saint-Raphael

— 6 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Cap Taillat (in Ramatuelle), Grimaud (Chapelle des Penitents, Eglise St Michel, &more) and Church St Francis of Assisi (in Port Grimaud). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, make a splash at Waterworld lake of gaudrade, enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Maubois, and get outside with Jets'Cool.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip planning site.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Saint-Raphael, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Le Lavandou.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 21:

Le Lavandou

— 5 nights
Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Get out of town with these interesting Le Lavandou side-trips: Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres), Chateau de Grimaud (in Grimaud) and La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle, Plage de Gigaro, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Plage de Jean Blanc, head outdoors with Plage de Saint-Clair, hike along Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Le Lavandou road trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Le Lavandou in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In September in Le Lavandou, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:

Marseille

— 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Cassis) and La Ciotat (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Route des Cretes). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely, get outside with Ile du Gaou, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Marseille online visit planner.

Drive from Le Lavandou to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 3:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.