59 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 6 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne
— 7 nights
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Albi
— 6 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 3 nights
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 3 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Honfleur
— 5 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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Nice — 6 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.
Old Town and Musée Marc Chagall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Suquet. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes), Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes) and Azur Wine Tours (in Vence). There's much more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Perpetuel-Secours, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nice online trip maker.

Montgomery, USA to Nice is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Montgomery in September, you will find days in Nice are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can fly to Bonifacio.
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Bonifacio, Corsica — 3 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bonifacio Citadel and Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio. Step off the beaten path and head to Iles Lavezzi and Grottes de Bonifacio. Step out of Bonifacio to go to Pianottoli-Caldarello and see Plage de San Giovanni, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, and stroll through Plage De Roccapina.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Bonifacio driving holiday planner.

Getting from Nice to Bonifacio by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Nice in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bonifacio, with highs around 82°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Avignon.
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Avignon — 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Chateau de Grignan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Roman Theatre of Orange and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau & Room Escape Games), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde (in Marseille). There's much more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Avignon travel planner.

You can fly from Bonifacio to Avignon in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September in Avignon, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cité de Carcassonne and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau Comtal and O'Vineyards. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau), Room Escape Games (in Perpignan) and Narbonne (Abbaye de Fontfroide & Cathedrale St-Just). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Foix.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Avignon to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Albi.
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Albi — 6 nights

Albi is a commune in southern France. Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Eglise Abbatiale Sainte-Foy are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Village de Conques. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albi: Pont Valentre (in Cahors), Grotte du Pech-Merle (in Cabrerets) and La Vinzelle (in Grand-Vabre). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Pont Vieux, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, and examine the collection at Musee Soulages Rodez.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Albi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Albi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 3 nights

Chateau des Milandes and Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Beynac and Chateau de Bonaguil. Step out of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to go to Biron and see Château de Biron, which is approximately 44 minutes away.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Albi to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Albi in October, expect Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Azay-le-Rideau.
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Azay-le-Rideau — 3 nights

As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Villandry and Chateau de Langeais. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau and Château de l'Islette. Explore Azay-le-Rideau's surroundings by going to Chateau de Loches (in Loches) and Chateau de Chenonceau (in Chenonceaux).

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Azay-le-Rideau tour site.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Azay-le-Rideau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in October, plan for little chillier days in Azay-le-Rideau, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Mont Saint-Michel and Les Remparts de Dinan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentier des Douaniers and Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Malo: Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James) and Plevenon (Fort La Latte - Chateau de la Roche Goyon & Cap Fréhel). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fougeres.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saint-Malo holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Azay-le-Rideau to Saint-Malo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 4 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 Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Discover out-of-the-way places like Memorial de Caen and Airborne Museum. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, browse the exhibits of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and indulge your senses at Cave Cidricole Lecornu.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Honfleur.
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Honfleur — 5 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Notre Dame de Grace. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vieux Bassin and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Get out of town with these interesting Honfleur side-trips: Abbaye de Jumieges (in Jumieges), Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat, Jardins d'Etretat, &more) and Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Rue du Gros-Horloge). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Palais Benedictine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Joseph, enjoy the sand and surf at Deauville Beach, and explore the world behind art at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Honfleur day trip site.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Honfleur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 8 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau Royal de Blois and Ile Saint-Louis. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Honfleur to Paris in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Paris, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for 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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