55 days in France Itinerary

55 days in France Itinerary

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55 days in France Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Paris
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Bayeux
— 8 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Chamonix
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Castellane
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Saint-Tropez
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cassis
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Nice
— 8 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Melbourne

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Seine and Île de la Cité. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Paris is minus 9 hours. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: highs in Paris hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Seine River ©
Seine River

8
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get outdoors at Juno Beach and Cerza. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Tatihou Island (in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue), Mont-Saint-Michel (Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre & Mont Saint-Michel) and Falaise d'Etretat (in Etretat). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo de Champrepus, take in the history at Omaha Beach, and appreciate the history behind Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus).

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bayeux itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Bayeux: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Bayeux

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, Zoo de Champrepus, Juno Beach, Deauville Beach
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Juno Beach ©
Juno Beach

6
nights
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil ©
Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Get outdoors at Gouffre de Padirac and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil's surroundings by going to Brantome Police Horses & Friends (in Brantome), Reserve Zoologique de Calviac (in Calviac-en-Perigord) and Chateau de Castelnaud (in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, contemplate the long history of Le Regourdou, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotte du Grand Roc.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Bayeux in August, you will find days in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Tue) before leaving for Chamonix.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Gouffre de Padirac, Le Regourdou, Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos, Grotte de Tourtoirac
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Gouffre de Padirac ©
Gouffre de Padirac
Kayaking & Canoeing
Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac ©
Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac

7
nights
Chamonix

Chamonix ©
"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.
Escape the urban bustle at Parasailing & Paragliding and Aiguilles Rouges. Step out of Chamonix with an excursion to Col de l'Echelle in Nevache--about 1h 55 min away. On the 7th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Ecorider Ski School. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, explore the activities along Lac Blanc, fly down the slopes at Vallee Blanche, and head outdoors with Mountain Lifestyle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chamonix custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Chamonix takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Castellane.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Col de l'Echelle
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Vallee Blanche ©
Vallee Blanche
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car

6
nights
Castellane

Castellane ©
Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Get in touch with nature at Bureau des Guides de Canyon and Lac d'Allos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Castellane: L’Accrobranche Serre-Poncon Aventure (in Chorges), ecrins vol libre (in Orcieres) and Andon (Ecole de Trial Happy & Station de Ski L'Audibergue). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, Head underground at Saint Cezaire Caves, and hike along Point Sublime.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Castellane trip generator.

Drive from Chamonix to Castellane in 5.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Castellane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Castellane

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Andon, Grotte de Saint-Cezaire, ecrins vol libre, Les Gorges du Verdon, Starting Point Du Sentier Blanc-Martel
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Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
Grotte de Saint-Cezaire ©
Grotte de Saint-Cezaire
Lac d'Allos ©
Lac d'Allos

4
nights
Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Take a break from the city and head to Cap-Sea and Plage de la Faviere. Step out of Saint-Tropez with an excursion to Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer) in Saint-Raphael--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Escalet Beach, tour the water at your own pace with Transports Maritimes Tropeziens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Pampelonne, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez tour planner.

Traveling by car from Castellane to Saint-Tropez takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Saint-Tropez can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Cassis.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael, Plage de la Faviere, Port Grimaud Beach
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Cap-Sea ©
Cap-Sea
Cap Taillat ©
Cap Taillat
Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer) ©
Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer)

6
nights
Cassis

Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Step out of the city life by going to Route du Sud and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cassis: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer), Plage des Oursinieres (in Le Pradet) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Cuges-les-Pins). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, head outdoors with Calanque d'En-Vau, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and kick back and relax at Plage du Corton.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cassis travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Cassis takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Plage des Oursinieres, Scuba & Snorkeling, Route du Sud
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Calanques ©
Calanques
Cape Canaille ©
Cape Canaille

8
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Lérins Islands. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, & more), Antibes (Plage du Ponteil, Charterminute Private Day Tours, & more) and System Boat (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris). Spend the 1st (Mon) in some colorful company at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, head outdoors with Aquabike by Fl'eau, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Passable, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice tour planner.

Getting from Cassis to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Nice sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Antibes, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Lérins Islands, River Rafting & Tubing, Palmes Beach
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
System Boat ©
System Boat
Aquabike by Fl'eau ©
Aquabike by Fl'eau

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