30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
Drive
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Blois
— 5 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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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
— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ile Saint-Louis and Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Paris. When traveling from Washington in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 27:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Pointe du Hoc. Memorial de Caen and Airborne Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, examine the collection at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, and stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online attractions planner.

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, daytime highs in Bayeux are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

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 1st (Sat): get outside with Ile Renote, take in the dramatic natural features at Cote de Granit Rose, identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, visit a coastal fixture at Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and finally enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des douaniers. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Falaises de Tredrez, head outdoors with Sentier Des Douaniers, then make a trip to La Vallee des Saints, and finally see the interesting displays at Chateau de la Ville Chevalier.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Perros-Guirec road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Perros-Guirec, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Blois.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau Royal de Blois and La Forteresse de Montbazon. Attractions like Musee des Blindes and Chateau de Langeais make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Tours (Place Plumereau & Cathedrale Saint-Gatien). Spend the 7th (Fri) wandering through the wild on Bioparc de Doue-la-Fontaine. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Chambord, and browse the exhibits of Le Cadre Noir.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Blois online tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Blois in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 7:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Les Grottes de Maxange, see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil, and finally walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

Plan a Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Blois to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Blois in May: highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

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 10th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse, identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles, then see the interesting displays at Musee Champollion, and finally don't miss a visit to Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): get curious at Grotte du Pech-Merle, look for gifts at La Ferme de Vigne Haute, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc Animalier de Gramat, then Head underground at Gouffre de Padirac, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rocamadour online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Rocamadour takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Rocamadour can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

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 12th (Wed), trot along with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer road trip planning site.

Drive from Rocamadour to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Rocamadour in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 55°F in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Avignon.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

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 discover tucked-away gems like Chateau des Baux de Provence and Site Archeologique de Glanum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes), Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange) and Caverne du Pont-d'Arc (in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, contemplate the long history of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon day trip website.

You can drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. May in Avignon sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

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.
On the 16th (Sun), see Off-Road Tours, relax in the rural setting at U Porcu RANGER, and then take a leisurely stroll along Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Avignon to Bonifacio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May in Bonifacio, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marineland and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Lérins Islands. Go for a jaunt from Nice to Antibes to see Spas & Wellness about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, get outside with FitHub, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary maker.

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. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Bonifacio in May, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 21:

France travel guide

4.3
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.