42 days in France Itinerary

42 days in France Itinerary

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42 days in France Itinerary

Start: Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Fly:  19​h
1
Paris
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Aix-en-Provence
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Pau
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Bordeaux
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Avranches
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Bayeux
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  27​h
End: Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

8
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chartres Cathedral and Ile Saint-Louis. Visiting Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres and Paris Plage will get you outdoors. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Le Marais, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris travel route planner.

Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Seven Mile Beach in May, with highs in Paris at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Chartres Cathedral, Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères, Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

7
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Carrieres de Lumieres and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Take a break from the city and head to Calanques and Camargue Nature Park. Explore Aix-en-Provence's surroundings by going to Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & Abbey of Montmajour), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Marseille (Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde & Parc national des Calanques). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, steep yourself in history at La Citadelle de Sisteron, make a trip to Maison de Santé Saint-Paul de Mausole, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Paris to Aix-en-Provence by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, you will find days in Aix-en-Provence are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Arles, Marseille, Avignon, Carrieres des Lumieres, Chateau de Grignan
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Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue ©
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Chateau de Grignan ©
Chateau de Grignan

7
nights
Pau

Pau ©
On the northern edge of the Pyrénées, Pau is the perfect base to explore the mountains and ride the Funiculaire de Pau, a unique historic funicular railway that links the city center and Boulevard des Pyrénées to the railway station Gare de Pau.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pic Du Midi and Collegiale de la Romieu. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Villa de Seviac and Eglise des Templiers. Get out of town with these interesting Pau side-trips: Abbaye de Flaran (in Valence-sur-Baise), Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees (in Arreau) and Chateau de Lavardens (in Auch). On the 21st (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Caminando. The adventure continues: trek along Randonnees au Depart de l'Hospice de France, Head underground at Gouffre D'Esparros, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Martin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Felix de Gerone.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Pau tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Aix-en-Provence to Pau takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May, you will find days in Pau are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Pau

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cauterets, Gouffre D'Esparros, Collegiale de la Romieu, Eglise Saint-Felix de Gerone, Pic Du Midi
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Boulevard des Pyrenees ©
Boulevard des Pyrenees
Abbaye de Flaran ©
Abbaye de Flaran
Caminando ©
Caminando

7
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont and Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich and Grottes de Regulus et des Fontaines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux), Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac) and Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), learn about winemaking at La Maison du Vigneron de Sauternes, see the interesting displays at Ecomusee de Marqueze, and steep yourself in history at La ville d'Hiver.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip planner .

You can drive from Pau to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Avranches.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau tour Castillon, Chateau de Rayne Vigneau, Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines, Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean, Ecomuseum Marquèze
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
La ville d'Hiver ©
La ville d'Hiver
Cathedrale St-Front ©
Cathedrale St-Front

7
nights
Avranches

Avranches ©
Avranches is a commune in the Manche department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Take a break from the city and head to Plage de l'Ecluse and Zoo de Champrepus. Get some cultural insight at Mont Saint-Michel and Brittany American Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Avranches: Coutances (Cathedrale de Coutances & Chateau de Gratot), Cathedrale Saint-Samson (in Dol-de-Bretagne) and Cancale (Chemin de Ronde & Pointe du Grouin). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Fort de Pirou, make a trip to Pointe du Grouin du Sud, visit a coastal fixture at Phare du Cap Fréhel, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Aubert.

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Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Avranches takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Bordeaux in May, expect nights in Avranches to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Bayeux.

Things to do in Avranches

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, Fougeres, Coutances, Cancale, Chateau de Domfront
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore hidden gems such as American Cemetery & Memorial and Longues Battery. Take a break from the city and head to Utah Beach and Naturospace. Go for a jaunt from Bayeux to Honfleur to see Notre Dame de Grace about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, see the interesting displays at Overlord Museum, and stroll the grounds of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux journey planning website .

You can drive from Avranches to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Honfleur, Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial

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