30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Arles
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
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Paris
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Saint-Malo — 3 nights

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mont Saint-Michel and Promenade du Clair de Lune. Step off the beaten path and head to Plage du Sillon and Cap Fréhel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Malo: Musee Christian Dior (in Granville), Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel & Mont Saint-Michel Bay) and Rennes (Parc du Thabor & Centre Historique de Rennes). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, make a trip to Fort La Latte - Chateau de la Roche Goyon, pick up some new knowledge with Avel Char A Voile, and contemplate the long history of Fort National.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo travel itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Saint-Malo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Washington DC to Saint-Malo, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in October, things will get slightly colder in Saint-Malo: highs are around 62°F and lows about 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, and finally take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, and finally steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux journey app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon — 4 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee Miniature et Cinema and Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon. Bring the kids along to Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon and Théâtre gallo-romain. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: La Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage), La Vieille Ville (in Annecy) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, make a trip to Place de la Liberation, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Bayeux to Lyon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November in Lyon, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, see Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bonifacio tour itinerary app.

You can fly from Lyon to Bonifacio in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lyon in November, with highs in Bonifacio at 66°F and lows at 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Attractions like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and take in the exciting artwork at Sheun Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip website.

Getting from Bonifacio to Nice by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parc National des Calanques and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Family-friendly places like Parc national des Calanques and Dune La Londe will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Palais des Papes (in Avignon), Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). There's more to do: take a stroll through The Panier and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille vacation planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then take a pleasant ride with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), then get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Arles tour planner.

Getting from Marseille to Arles by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in November, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can 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.
Bring the kids along to Abbaye de Fontfroide and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Cathar Castles. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Les Jardins de la Berbie, &more), Toulouse (Garonne, Church of Les Jacobins, &more) and Aeroscopia (in Blagnac). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Arles to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): 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 explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle online road trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carcassonne in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee des Arts et Metiers and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Galerie des Carrosses) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, wander the streets of Montmartre, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in November: highs in Paris hover around 51°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly 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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