30 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Saumur
— 4 nights
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Paris — 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Kids will appreciate attractions like Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & La Galerie des Batailles). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the activities along Seine River, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planning site.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musee Zadkine, see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, then make a trip to Chateau de Beynac, and finally examine the collection at Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle vacation tool.

Fly from Paris to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave, examine the collection at Musee Murat, then Head underground at Grotte du Pech-Merle, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Champollion. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ville de Martel, stroll through Gouffre de Padirac, then get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier de Gramat, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, and finally contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocamadour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Rocamadour takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Rocamadour are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Cathar Castles. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Argeles-sur-Mer (Promenade du Front de Mer & Sentier du Littoral) and Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, make a trip to Le site cathare de Minerve, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Cavayere.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne route planner.

You can drive from Rocamadour to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Colline du Chateau overlook. Bring the kids along to Musée Marc Chagall and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Plage Mace, Le Suquet, &more) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Town, meet the residents at Marineland, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nice trip planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Carcassonne in May since evenings lows in Nice dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Bonifacio.
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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 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina, step off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi, then stroll through Plage du Petit Sperone, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Bonifacio Citadel, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bonifacio travel route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Bonifacio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Nice in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bonifacio, with lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau des Baux de Provence and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Le Sentier des Ocres and Roman Theatre of Orange. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Nimes (Jardins de la Fontaine & La Maison Carree), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Horseback Riding Tours & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau) and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon travel planner.

Getting from Bonifacio to Avignon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Perros-Guirec.
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Perros-Guirec — 1 night

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 26th (Wed): head outdoors with Ile Renote, visit a coastal fixture at Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, then get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then trek along Sentier des Douaniers, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Perros-Guirec holiday planner.

You can fly from Avignon to Perros-Guirec in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Avignon in May, with highs in Perros-Guirec at 59°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Memorial de Caen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Airborne Museum & Church of Sainte-Mère-Église). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip planner.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saumur.
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Saumur — 4 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 Château de l'Islette are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Zoo de La Fleche and Musee des Blindes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saumur: Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais), Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). There's still lots to do: have fun and explore at Le Cadre Noir and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Breze.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Saumur trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Saumur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Saumur are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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