30 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
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Blois
— 5 nights
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Perros-Guirec
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Nice — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Suquet. Kids will enjoy Marineland and Promenade des Anglais. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Eglise Notre-Dame de Peygros (in Tanneron) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Photographie Charles Negre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

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Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Bonifacio.
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Bonifacio, Corsica — 1 night

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.
On the 25th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel.

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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. Traveling from Nice in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bonifacio, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Avignon.
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Avignon — 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau des Baux de Provence and Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Vallon-Pont-d'Arc (Le Pont d'Arc & Caverne du Pont-d'Arc) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine.

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Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive 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 29th (Thu), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then trot along with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then enjoy the sand and surf at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

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Traveling by car from Avignon to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rocamadour.
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Rocamadour — 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
On the 30th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse, stop by La Ferme de Vigne Haute, Head underground at Gouffre de Padirac, identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave, and finally don't miss a visit to Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Speleologie en Quercy, then contemplate the long history of Grotte du Pech-Merle, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier de Gramat.

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You can drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Rocamadour in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rocamadour, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac, then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud.

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Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly to Blois.
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Blois — 5 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau de Langeais. Bring the kids along to La Forteresse de Montbazon and Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Explore Blois' surroundings by going to Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Place Plumereau (in Tours). Pack the 7th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Futuroscope. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale De Bourges, step into the grandiose world of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, and contemplate the long history of Palais Jacques-Coeur.

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Drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Blois in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. While traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Blois, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Perros-Guirec.
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Perros-Guirec — 4 nights

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h and Promenade du Clair de Lune. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sentier des Douaniers and Foret de Huelgoat. Explore Perros-Guirec's surroundings by going to Plage du Sillon (in Saint-Malo), Ile de Batz (in Roscoff) and Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, don't miss a visit to Cap Fréhel, admire the striking features of Saint Corentin Cathedral, and explore the striking landscape at Cote de Granit Rose.

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Drive from Blois to Perros-Guirec in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Blois in May, plan for little chillier days in Perros-Guirec, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 12th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, then examine the collection at Airborne Museum, then learn about all things military at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, stroll through Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

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You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paris.
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Paris — 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Bring the kids along to Musee d'Orsay and Ile Saint-Louis. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

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Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel 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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