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    Self-Driving around France - from Paris to Nice
france itinerary 4 weeks

Self-Driving around France - from Paris to Nice

26 days
Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Provence & French Riviera
Wine Tasting
Heritage & History
Sceneries
US$ 6,100 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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Spend about a month to travel from Paris to Nice on the French Riviera and get a real feel for France!


Ah… Paris…

  • Experience the Parisian life comfortably accommodated for 3 nights in a charming boutique hotel in the Latin Quarter. Nearby you have the Luxembourg Gardens and the Sorbonne University, and you will discover the French capital's must-sees and hidden beauties.
  • Being based a 10-minute walk from Notre Dame Cathedral, we have prepared different itineraries to help you explore Paris on foot, by boat or using public transportation. We also recommend our favorite restaurants and boulangeries in different districts of the capital city, so you’ll know where to take a break.
  • On the 4th day, you will pick up a rental car in Paris by the ring road and drive to the Bayeux area in Normandy with some nice stops along the way.

 Louvre Pyramid Paris France itinerary 4 weeksLouvre Museum, Paris (Pixabay)


Bayeux area in Normandy

  • For 4 nights you will experience the Norman tranquility in an 11th-century manor. Immerse yourself in a medieval environment whilst enjoying all the modern amenities, as well as amazing breakfasts cooked by your lovely hostess.
  • Perfectly located between Bayeux and the WWII beaches, you will get a real feel for Norman history, from William the Conqueror to the Second World War. 
  • We also plan for you to spend a morning with a private guide who will customize the itinerary to your wishes and interests as you visit the WWII beaches and memorial sites.

 

Bayeux cathedral - france itinerary 4 weeks

Bayeux Cathedral at night (Pixabay)

 

Across the bay from mont saint michel

  • You'll stay in a lovely Bed & Breakfast for 2 nights in a former presbytery from the 18th century, located half-way between the famous town of Mont Saint Michel and the lovely port of Saint Malo. One night, enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by your host who is also a Chef. 
  • We will provide tips on when/how to enjoy this UNESCO site after most of the crowds have left.

 


 

 

The Loire Valley near Chenonceaux

  • Spend the next 4 nights of your French journey in a welcoming Bed & Breakfast between Amboise and Chenonceau castle, in the heart of the Loire Valley. 
  • Your hostess is an excellent cook and one afternoon, she will teach you how to cook some local dishes, which you will savor around a big table at night in a convivial ambiance.
  • Discover the marvels of the Loire Valley - we will recommend how to visit famous must-see castles such as Chenonceau or Chambord away from the crowds. We will also suggest smaller castles and hidden places, which are less famous but that have a lot of history and beautiful settings. 
  • If you like gardens, don’t miss Chaumont or Villandry. We will also provide information on wineries so that you may taste the local wines.

 Chenonceau castle france itinerary 4 weeksChenonceau Castle, Loire Valley (Pixabay)

 

Downtown Bordeaux Unesco city

  • Your France itinerary then takes you inside the gates of Bordeaux city for 3 nights, a wonder of the 17th century. You will be welcomed in a peaceful atmosphere in the historic disctrict,  where you will be within walking distance of all Bordeaux landmarks and restaurants.
  • Built along the banks of the Garonne river, the opulent merchants' homes are very specific to Bordeaux. You will find everything you need, from villages nestled in the Medoc or St Emilion vineyards, to the bustling night life in Bordeaux. Also, bear in mind that Bordeaux's Sainte Catherine Street is the longest shopping street in Europe!
  • We plan for you to visit a Medoc wine estate with an English-speaking guide. You'll visit the vineyards near the castle and the wine storehouses. After the tour, you'll make your own blend with different varieties and end this 2-hour tour with a wine tasting.

Saint Emilion Bordeaux France itinerary 4 weeksSaint Emilion, Bordeaux (Pixabay)

 

Carcassonne & Cathar country

  • The medieval town of Carcassonne will amaze you by its size and conservation. You will reside in a cozy B&B for 2 nights in the lively bastide-town, and will be within walking distance of all sightseeing and restaurants. We'll make sure you're away from the tourist crowds.
  • In the Cathar country, walkers/hikers will be rewarded with breath-taking landscapes and fortresses such as Quéribus. History lovers will be fascinated by the Cathar history. Wine lovers may be surprised by the quality of the “Minervois” wines, which have improved a lot in the past 10 years.
  • On the 19th day of your French trip, you will drive about 3 hours to Provence in the South East of France.

 Carcassonne castle france itinerary 4 weeksCarcassonne castle (Pixabay

 

Gorgeous Provence

  • Stay for 4 nights in a very comfortable B&B in Avignon island. This very quiet house is nestled in a nice garden where you will enjoy relaxing by the pool only 15 minute walk to the heart of Avignon old city. Your Hostess knows the region very well and she will be happy to give you some advice if you'd like. Beautiful Avignon, is also referred to as “the City of Popes”, is where you can visit the palace of the Popes, the well-preserved ramparts and the famous “Avignon Bridge”. 
  • You will stroll through hilltop villages on market day, walking in the footsteps of famous painters such as Cézanne or Picasso. We will also tell you about some hidden gems - villages off the beaten track where you will stroll around charming streets or have a drink at a provencal café with locals. We can also recommend a farmer’s market for each day of the week!
  • Explore a family owned olive oil mill, with one of the daughters. She will explain the olive oil farming from the tree to the bottle. Then you will enjoy a crash course on cooking some olive oil dishes. A very Provençal experience !

 Provence vineyard france itinerary 4 weeksVineyard in Provence (pxhere)


La Côte d’Azur – the French Riviera

  • About 3 hours' drive away is the French Riviera. You will stay on the French Riviera for 3 nights, in a lovely town, only 8 miles from the worldwide famous city of Nice. The B&B house has a large garden with a nice swimming pool and relaxing areas, so you can rest from the Riviera crowds in this peaceful environment. You are perfectly located to drive along the Riviera from Menton, Monaco to Cannes.
  • In the Riviera hinterland, you will discover some of the most beautiful handicrafts in France, particularly ceramics, sculpture and painting. For art lovers, the many art museums of Nice and its surroundings will amaze you with masterpieces by Chagall, Matisse and Picasso.
  • But the Riviera is even more than all this. The “Cote d’Azur” is a marvel of fabulous 19th century villas and sapphire-colored water coves. Wander about the narrow alleyways of the old city of Nice or go shopping and enjoy views of the Mediterranean in seaside restaurants from Monte Carlo to Antibes.

 Villa Ephrussi French Riviera France itinerary 4 weeksVilla Ephrussi de Rothschild in the French Riviera (Wikimedia Commons CC by SA 3.0)

 

 This France itinerary is a great way to experience the diversity of our country, focusing on very typical regions, leaving time to enjoy yourselves and relax. 

This itinerary includes

3 nights in a Boutique-Hotel in Paris and 22 nights in B&Bs that we personally selected for you
A rental car, with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 23 days
2 «Table d’Hôtes» dinners, with your Hosts and fellow travelers
The assurance that you can contact us at any time, for any reason, while you're in France
A guidebook made especially for you and all road maps with recommended itineraries, activities and visits
A French Smartphone with GPS & all Apps you need for this trip

Pictures of the accommodations

A family owned Boutique-Hotel in the Latin Quarter

#1A 3* Boutique-Hotel in Quartier Latin district

A family owned Boutique-Hotel in the Latin Quarter

Stay in a comfortable room...

#1A 3* Boutique-Hotel in Quartier Latin district

Stay in a comfortable room...

...with a balcony and nice view over one of Paris most famous landmarks

#1A 3* Boutique-Hotel in Quartier Latin district

...with a balcony and nice view over one of Paris most famous landmarks

Savor breakfast in the historical vaulted cellars

#1A 3* Boutique-Hotel in Quartier Latin district

Savor breakfast in the historical vaulted cellars

A medieval manor between Bayeux and the landing beaches

#2An Medieval Manor in the Norman countryside

A medieval manor between Bayeux and the landing beaches

After a day visiting, relax in the Norman countryside

#2An Medieval Manor in the Norman countryside

After a day visiting, relax in the Norman countryside

Enjoy a very spacious room with all the modern amenities

#2An Medieval Manor in the Norman countryside

Enjoy a very spacious room with all the modern amenities

...and amazing home-made breakfasts

#2An Medieval Manor in the Norman countryside

...and amazing home-made breakfasts

Stay, hidden from the crowds, near Mont Saint Michel

#3A former presbytery from the 18th century near Mont Saint Michel

Stay, hidden from the crowds, near Mont Saint Michel

Enjoy a very comfortable BandB where you will feel at home

#3A former presbytery from the 18th century near Mont Saint Michel

Enjoy a very comfortable BandB where you will feel at home

Your host is a professinnal Chef, be ready for a savory dinner !

#3A former presbytery from the 18th century near Mont Saint Michel

Your host is a professinnal Chef, be ready for a savory dinner !

This is the view from your room...

#3A former presbytery from the 18th century near Mont Saint Michel

This is the view from your room...

A charming tuffeau stone house in a green valley

#4A tuffeau stone house in a green valley

A charming tuffeau stone house in a green valley

Rest in a quiet room, full of charm

#4A tuffeau stone house in a green valley

Rest in a quiet room, full of charm

or in the garden

#4A tuffeau stone house in a green valley

or in the garden

Enjoy a savory home-made cuisine

#4A tuffeau stone house in a green valley

Enjoy a savory home-made cuisine

A hidden B&B, in the very heart of Bordeaux historic district

#5A nice B&B in Bordeaux historical district

A hidden B&B, in the very heart of Bordeaux historic district

Enjoy a very quiet stay, while being in a very lively city

#5A nice B&B in Bordeaux historical district

Enjoy a very quiet stay, while being in a very lively city

After a delicious breakfast, explore Bordeaux walking

#5A nice B&B in Bordeaux historical district

After a delicious breakfast, explore Bordeaux walking

Stay in a 19th century home in Carcassonne new city, a short walk to the medieval town

#6A quiet house in Carcassonne bastide city

Stay in a 19th century home in Carcassonne new city, a short walk to the medieval town

Rest in a quiet room, full of charm

#6A quiet house in Carcassonne bastide city

Rest in a quiet room, full of charm

experience the sweet life, in the south of France

#6A quiet house in Carcassonne bastide city

experience the sweet life, in the south of France

Stay on the island of Avignon, away from the crowds

#7Your B&B house in Avignon

Stay on the island of Avignon, away from the crowds

...tastefully decorated and equipped with AC

#7Your B&B house in Avignon

...tastefully decorated and equipped with AC

After a day sightseeing, relax by the pool

#7Your B&B house in Avignon

After a day sightseeing, relax by the pool

a BandB on the hills above Nice on the Riviera

#8A relaxing home in the hills above Nice

a BandB on the hills above Nice on the Riviera

enjoy a nice view from your room towards on of the most beautiful villages of France

#8A relaxing home in the hills above Nice

enjoy a nice view from your room towards on of the most beautiful villages of France

refresh in the nice swimming pool and walk to restaurants

#8A relaxing home in the hills above Nice

refresh in the nice swimming pool and walk to restaurants

Stay in a very uniquely-designed home

#8A relaxing home in the hills above Nice

Stay in a very uniquely-designed home

Activities included in this tour

WWII guided tour

Private Guide on the WWII sites

Spend a half day with a private guide who will customize the itinerary to your wishes and interests. A must do to better understand what happened on D-Day. 

cooking workshop with Valérie

Loire Cooking Workshop

Spend a late afternoon with Valérie who trained in gastronomic restaurants. You will prepare a main course and a dessert, then you'll enjoy a savory dinner with your hosts. 

bordeaux wine tasting

Bordeaux Wine tasting & blending

Visit a Medoc wine estate with an English speaking guide: from the vineyards to the wine storehouses. After the tour, you'll make your own blend with different varieties.

Family owned olive oil mill in Provence

Olive Oil Experience in the Alpilles

Explore a family owned olive oil mill, with one of the daughters. She will explain the olive oil farming from the tree to the bottle. Then you will enjoy a crash course on cooking some olive oil dishes. A very Provençal experience !

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