41 days in France Itinerary

41 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Bordeaux, Train to Sarlat-la-Caneda
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

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.
Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Grotte de Rouffignac (in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac), Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier) and Le Regourdou (in Lascaux). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, and make a trip to Chateau des Milandes.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda online holiday planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Sarlat-la-Caneda is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 4 hours. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:

Carcassonne

— 3 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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.
Go for a jaunt from Carcassonne to Vias to see Domaine Preignes Le Vieux about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and make a trip to La Porte D'aude.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Carcassonne, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

Avignon

— 4 nights

City of Popes

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Trolib (in Cassis), Marseille (Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde & Parc National des Calanques) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, examine the collection at Musee Granet, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Avignon trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Avignon sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:

Chamonix

— 4 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"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.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, fly down the slopes at Vallee Blanche, and do some rugged touring at Sanglard Velo Electrique.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chamonix journey planner.

Getting from Avignon to Chamonix by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:

Nice

— 5 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Le Suquet, Rue d'Antibes, &more) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castel Plage, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Nice attractions app.

Drive from Chamonix to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Nice are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 12:

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). There's still lots to do: get some thrills on the water with TakSea, explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges du Verdon, see the vivid underwater world at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), and make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in August, expect nights in Saint-Raphael to be slightly colder, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:

Hyeres

— 5 nights
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Fort de Bregancon & Plage de la Faviere), Six-Fours-les-Plages (Plage de la Coudouliere & Var Lamas) and Le Lavandou (Plage de Saint-Clair & Plage de Jean Blanc). There's still lots to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de L'Argentiere, head outdoors with Plage du Pellegrin, and kick back and relax at Beach La Bergerie.

To find reviews and more tourist information, go to the Hyeres vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hyeres, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly to Bayeux.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 21:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Vieux Bassin (in Honfleur), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, take in the history at Omaha Beach, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

Before you visit Bayeux, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Hyeres to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, Bayeux is a bit cooler than Hyeres - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:

Paris

— 6 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris online tour planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 31:

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.