48 days in France Itinerary

48 days in France Itinerary

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48 days in France Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Strasbourg
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Nice
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Carcassonne Center
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
La Rochelle
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Saint-Malo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Bayeux
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Rouen
— 5 nights
10
Paris
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
End: Brussels

1
night
Strasbourg

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Sainte Odile. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and then do a tasting at Jean-Marie Straub.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Strasbourg road trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Strasbourg is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Brussels, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Strasbourg, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Jean-Marie Straub, Mont Sainte Odile
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:
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Mont Sainte Odile ©
Mont Sainte Odile
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Jean-Marie Straub ©
Jean-Marie Straub

5
nights
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bonifacio Citadel and Sant'Armettu. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iles Lavezzi and Tamaricciu Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Porto-Vecchio: Plage de San Giovanni (in Pianottoli-Caldarello) and Bonifacio (Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), Grottes de Bonifacio, & more). The adventure continues: stroll through Plage Porto Novo, explore the ancient world of Site prehistorique de Castellu d'Araggio, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Tramulimacchia, and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Porto-Vecchio visit app .

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Porto-Vecchio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Strasbourg in May; daily highs in Porto-Vecchio reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Sant'Armettu, Site prehistorique de Castellu d'Araggio, Plage de San Giovanni
Find places to stay May 18 — 23:
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Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel
Tamaricciu Beach ©
Tamaricciu Beach
Iles Lavezzi ©
Iles Lavezzi

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Saint-Paul de Vence and Le Suquet. We've included these beaches for you: Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage des Marines. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and Heraclee Beach (in La Croix-Valmer). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and shop like a local with La Croisette.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nice trip planner .

You can fly from Porto-Vecchio to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Porto-Vecchio in May: highs in Nice hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, La Croix-Valmer, Cannes, Plage des Marines, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palais des Papes and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Popular historic sites such as Roman Theatre of Orange and Chateau de Grignan are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, learn about winemaking at Domaine Autrand, contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime, and explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Avignon road trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Avignon are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arles, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Chateau de Grignan, Les Vignerons de Tavel
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:
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Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Chateau de Grignan ©
Chateau de Grignan

5
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne Center: Abbaye Saint Benoit d'en Calcat (in Dourgne), Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau) and Abbaye de Fontfroide (in Narbonne). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne Center trip builder site .

Getting from Avignon to Carcassonne Center by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Albi, Château de Salses, Domaine Boudau, La cité médiévale, O'Vineyards
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Le phare de chassiron and Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re. Get some historical perspective at Phare des Baleines and Embarcadere de l'Abbaye. Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Clocher Observatoire (in Saint Martin de Re), Fort Louvois (in Bourcefranc le Chapus) and Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (in Fontenay-le-Comte). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Hilaire, and learn about winemaking at Domaine des Claires.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle trip planning site .

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to La Rochelle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Carcassonne Center in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in La Rochelle: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Saint Martin de Re, Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, L'Abbaye Saint-Vincent, Phare des Baleines, Eglise Saint-Hilaire
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Le phare de chassiron ©
Le phare de chassiron
Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Clocher Observatoire ©
Clocher Observatoire

5
nights
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Get some historical perspective at Pointe du Grouin and Cap Fréhel. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h and Sentier des douaniers. Venture out of the city with trips to Plage du Moulin (in Etables-sur-Mer), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Fort La Latte, kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fougeres, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Saint-Malo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from La Rochelle in June, Saint-Malo is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Perros-Guirec, Fort La Latte, Pointe du Grouin, Cap Fréhel, Centre Historique
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 15:
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Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h

6
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
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 Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Omaha Beach are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pointe du Hoc and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Venture out of the city with trips to Deauville Beach (in Deauville), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) (in Ranville). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, steep yourself in history at German Cemetery La Cambe, and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bayeux online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Colleville-sur-Mer, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, Pointe du Hoc
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 21:
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American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

5
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens and Saint Catherine's Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Abbaye de St-Wandrille (in Saint-Wandrille-Rancon), Parc du Marquenterre (in Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont) and Chateau Du Taillis (in Duclair). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Le Vieux Bassin, admire the striking features of Palais Benedictine, get to know the fascinating history of Rue du Gros-Horloge, and get great views at Falaises d'Etretat.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Honfleur, Abbaye de St-Wandrille, Palais Benedictine, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, Chateau Du Taillis
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Saint Catherine's Church ©
Saint Catherine's Church
Parc du Marquenterre ©
Parc du Marquenterre

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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 some cultural insight at Montmartre and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Visit Palace of Versailles and Eiffel Tower for their historical value. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Le Marais, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris trip planner .

You can take a bus from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June in Paris, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 3:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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