30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
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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
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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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 Musée Marc Chagall. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice and Old Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Cannes (Lérins Islands & Rue d'Antibes). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary planner.

Chennai, India to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Nice due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chennai in October, plan for colder days in Nice, with highs around 24°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) 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 3rd (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone, take a memorable tour with Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel.

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Getting from Nice to Bonifacio by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daytime highs in Bonifacio are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly 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.
Kids will enjoy Parc National des Calanques and Palais des Papes. Explore hidden gems such as Parc national des Calanques and Roman Theatre of Orange. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Pont d'Avignon (in Avignon), Sentier Jean Francois Jube (in Le Pradet) and La Londe Les Maures (Daskalides Chocolatier & Dune La Londe). The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in November, you will find days in Marseille are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime, 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 take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Tour Magne, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), then admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Arles day trip site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Arles sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Chateau Comtal. Kids will appreciate attractions like Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Cathar Castles. Venture out of the city with trips to Aeroscopia (in Blagnac), Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Les Jardins de la Berbie, &more) and Toulouse (Marche Victor Hugo, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal de Collioure, make a trip to Château de Salses, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle day trip planning site.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carcassonne in November, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can 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 Pere-Lachaise Cemetery and Île de la Cité. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Getting from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Paris by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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.
On the 19th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, then examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and finally steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux trip app.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 2 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.
On the 21st (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, pick up some new knowledge with Avel Char A Voile, admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally steep yourself in history at Saint-Malo Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, then walk around Parc du Thabor, and finally don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Rennes.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo trip builder site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon — 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. Step off the beaten path and head to Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon and Mini World Lyon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Annecy (Palais de l'Ile, La Vieille Ville, &more) and Dijon (Place de la Liberation, Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lyon trip builder tool.

Getting from Saint-Malo to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the flight 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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