30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Drive to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Saumur
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly
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Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial de Caen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Airborne Museum & Church of Sainte-Mère-Église). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux travel route site.

Washington, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Bayeux due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in May, things will get little chillier in Bayeux: highs are around 62°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saumur.
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Saumur — 3 nights

Pearl of Anjou

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Chateau de Villandry and Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will appreciate attractions like Zoo de La Fleche and Musee des Blindes. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau), Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge) and Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais). It doesn't end there: have fun and explore at Le Cadre Noir.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saumur online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Saumur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Saumur can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. On the 12th (Wed), you'll travel to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Attractions like Cathar Castles and Abbaye de Fontfroide make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Albi (Les Jardins de la Berbie, Pont Vieux, &more), Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet) and Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins.

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Traveling by flight from Saumur to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly 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 17th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bonifacio travel planner.

Fly from Carcassonne to Bonifacio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In May in Bonifacio, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Suquet. Family-friendly places like Musée Marc Chagall and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Antibes (Musee Picasso & Chapelle de la Garoupe), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

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You can fly from Bonifacio to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Arles.
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Arles — 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime, contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Arles tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Arles, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 3 nights

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Escale Aventure. Family-friendly places like Grotte de la Salamandre and La Ferme aux Crocodiles will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Grignan (in Grignan) and La Bambouseraie en Cevennes (in Generargues). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Gorges de l'Ardeche, explore the fascinating underground world of Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and explore the striking landscape at Le Pont d'Arc.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Arles to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): examine the collection at Musee Zadkine, examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, and finally contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then explore the striking landscape at Les Grottes de Maxange, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip planner.

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daytime highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly to Paris.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. Bring the kids along to Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Rouen (Historial Jeanne d’Arc, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May: highs in Paris hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Perros-Guirec.
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Perros-Guirec — 2 nights

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): head outdoors with Ile Renote, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Greve Blanche, take in the dramatic natural features at Cote de Granit Rose, then contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Beauport, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier des Douaniers.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Perros-Guirec sightseeing planner.

Getting from Paris to Perros-Guirec by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Perros-Guirec: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) 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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