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.
Family-friendly places like Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Omaha Beach will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Memorial de Caen 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). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip itinerary tool.

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, expect Bayeux to be slightly colder, temps between 62°F and 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car 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 Château de l'Islette are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zoo de La Fleche and Le Cadre Noir. Get out of town with these interesting Saumur side-trips: Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musee des Blindes.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Saumur road trip app.

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. You will leave for Carcassonne on the 12th (Wed).
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathar Castles and Grotte de Niaux. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Albi (Les Jardins de la Berbie, Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, &more) and Promenade du Front de Mer (in Argeles-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, and wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip builder site.

You can fly from Saumur to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bonifacio trip builder tool.

Getting from Carcassonne to Bonifacio by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow 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.
Bring the kids along to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Old Town. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musée Marc Chagall and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Le Suquet & La Croisette), Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marineland, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 57°F in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Arles online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nice to Arles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can 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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Gorges de l'Ardeche. Attractions like Grotte de la Salamandre and Le Pont d'Arc make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte), Forteresse de Mornas (in Mornas) and Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, admire the natural beauty at La Bambouseraie en Cevennes, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc attractions 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 in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

On the 27th (Thu), examine the collection at Musee Zadkine, see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip planner.

Getting from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight 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.
Bring the kids along to Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Palace of Versailles. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & Galerie des Carrosses) and Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee de Mecanique Naturelle). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Montmartre, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paris holiday planning website.

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. When traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get outside with Ile Renote, stroll through Plage de la Greve Blanche, explore the striking landscape at Cote de Granit Rose, then steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Beauport, and finally identify plant and animal life 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, get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and then trek along Sentier des Douaniers.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Perros-Guirec trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Perros-Guirec takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paris in June: highs in Perros-Guirec hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 53°F. 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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