44 days in France Itinerary

44 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 6 nights
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Saint-Emilion
— 4 nights
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Albi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Reims
— 4 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
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Rouen
— 1 night
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Paris — 6 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Latin Quarter and 8th Arrondissement. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Montmartre, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, and make a trip to Eiffel Tower.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip app.

Kelowna, Canada to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Kelowna to Paris. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can fly to Saint-Emilion.
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Saint-Emilion — 4 nights

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau Cantenac and Chateau Laniote. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion and Vesunna. Explore Saint-Emilion's surroundings by going to Spa Voyage des Sens (in Margaux), Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron (in Cussac-Fort-Medoc) and Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Chateau Guadet, get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord, pick up some new knowledge with Chateau Feely, and indulge your senses at Chateau Bernateau.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Saint-Emilion trip planning app.

You can fly from Paris to Saint-Emilion in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint-Emilion: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Albi.
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Albi — 4 nights

Albi is a commune in southern France. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Cenevieres and Village de Conques. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albi: La Vinzelle (in Grand-Vabre), Musee Soulages Rodez (in Rodez) and Viaduc de Millau (in Millau). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, snap pictures at Pont Vieux, see the interesting displays at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Albi vacation builder site.

You can drive from Saint-Emilion to Albi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Albi are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathar Castles and O'Vineyards. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau Comtal and Abbaye de Fontfroide. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan) and Chateau Royale de Collioure (in Collioure). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Chateaux de Lastours, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just.

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Drive from Albi to Carcassonne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer — 1 night

Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
On the 3rd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Avignon.
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Avignon — 4 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and Chateau des Baux de Provence. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange), Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence) and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, take a stroll through The Panier, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Avignon trip planner.

Getting from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 5 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La cité médiévale. Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Suquet and Vieille Ville. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue d'Antibes, &more). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice day trip planner.

Getting from Avignon to Nice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to fly to Reims.
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Reims — 4 nights

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Wine Tours & Tastings and Cathedrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Basilique Saint-Remi and Église Sainte-Madeleine. Get out of town with these interesting Reims side-trips: Ruelle des Chats (in Troyes), Fort Douaumont (in Douaumont) and Verdun Memorial (in Fleury-Devant-Douaumont). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenue de Champagne, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, learn about winemaking at Champagne Taittinger, and look for gifts at Cite du Champagne.

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Fly from Nice to Reims in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in April, Reims is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 2 nights

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel, and then relax and rejuvenate at Awelys Spa Privatif.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo travel planner.

You can fly from Reims to Saint-Malo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Reims in April: highs in Saint-Malo hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 5 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get some cultural insight at Pointe du Hoc and Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Juno Beach Centre and Memorial de Caen. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Church of Sainte-Mère-Église & Airborne Museum), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique (in Ouistreham). There's lots more to do: take in the history at Omaha Beach, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and browse the exhibits of Pegasus Memorial.

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Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Bayeux sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Honfleur.
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Honfleur — 3 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Thalazur Cabourg and Palais Benedictine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience. Venture out of the city with trips to Etretat (Jardins d'Etretat, Falaises d'Etretat, &more) and Le Havre (Eglise St-Joseph & Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Trouville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de Grace, and kick back and relax at Deauville Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Honfleur trip planning tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Honfleur in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Honfleur are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 1 night

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 27th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then get to know the fascinating history of Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Rouen, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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