30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Perros-Guirec
— 3 nights
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Blois
— 5 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Paris

— 5 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Ile Saint-Louis and Atelier des Lumieres. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (Place du Marche Notre-Dame, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

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Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Paris is 6 hours. While traveling from Washington, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 27:

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, see the interesting displays at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and finally take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen.

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Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

Perros-Guirec

— 3 nights

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentier des douaniers and Chateau du Taureau. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h and Cap Fréhel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perros-Guirec: Roscoff (Ile de Batz & Jardin Exotique et Botanique de Roscoff), Foret de Huelgoat (in Huelgoat) and Pointe de Pen-al-Lann (in Carantec). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, head outdoors with Ile Renote, enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, and take some stellar pictures from Cap d'Erquy.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Blois.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau Royal de Blois and La Forteresse de Montbazon. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale De Bourges and Chateau de Langeais. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blois: Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Place Plumereau (in Tours). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, admire the striking features of Palais Jacques-Coeur, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Chambord, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Blois trip planner.

Getting from Perros-Guirec to Blois by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Perros-Guirec in May, expect nights in Blois to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 7:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud.

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Traveling by flight from Blois to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Blois in May, you will find days in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle are a bit warmer (71°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 8:

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 9th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave, then don't miss a visit to Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet, and finally stop by La Ferme de Vigne Haute. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre de Padirac, then explore the fascinating underground world of Speleologie en Quercy, then get curious at Grotte du Pech-Merle, and finally get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier de Gramat.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rocamadour sightseeing planner.

Drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Rocamadour in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Rocamadour are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 10:

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 11th (Tue), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then stroll through Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip planner.

You can drive from Rocamadour to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Rocamadour in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:

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.
Attractions like Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Caverne du Pont-d'Arc make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau des Baux de Provence and La Ferme aux Crocodiles. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Nimes (Jardins de la Fontaine & Tour Magne), Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange) and Arles (Eglise St-Trophime, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Site Archeologique de Glanum, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and admire the striking features of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole.

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You can drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, and finally see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): experience rural life at U Porcu RANGER, take in the waterfront at Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Avignon to Bonifacio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Bonifacio can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Nice

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Kids will appreciate attractions like Marineland and Place Garibaldi. Venture out of the city with trips to Les Petites Porcelaines (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris), Le Suquet (in Cannes) and Antibes (Musee Napoleonien, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more). There's lots more to do: stop by Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs.

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You can fly from Bonifacio to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bonifacio in May since evenings lows in Nice dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 21:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.