30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Arles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 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
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Saumur
— 4 nights
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Nice — 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Villa Kerylos. Bring the kids along to Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Vieille Ville. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, wander the streets of Avenue Jean Medecin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary builder site.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Nice. Traveling from Washington in May, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight 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 7th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina, head off the coast to Iles Lavezzi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, and finally take in the waterfront at Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel, don't miss a visit 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 more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio travel route planner.

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 little chillier in Bonifacio, with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Arles.
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Arles — 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. Bring the kids along to Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Horseback Riding Tours, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, &more), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Site Archeologique de Glanum & Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, see Off-Road Tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Arles tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Bonifacio to Arles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Chateau Comtal are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Cathar Castles and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Venture out of the city with trips to Albi (Pont Vieux, Les Jardins de la Berbie, &more), Abbaye de Fontfroide (in Narbonne) and Toulouse (Jardin Japonais, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Promenade du Front de Mer, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Cathedrale St-Jean, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royale de Collioure.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne tour planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and finally contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud. On the next day, 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 contemplate the long history of Château de Biron.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) 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.
Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Family-friendly places like Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Royal Chapel) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May, you will find days in Paris are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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.
On the 23rd (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Cote de Granit Rose, visit a coastal fixture at Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des Douaniers, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Perros-Guirec takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, expect nights in Perros-Guirec to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are slightly colder, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough 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.
Kids will enjoy Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Airborne Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Memorial de Caen and Musee du debarquement. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Church of Sainte-Mère-Église (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Villandry and Musee des Blindes. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zoo de La Fleche and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. Change things up with these side-trips from Saumur: Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais) and Château de l'Islette (in Azay-le-Rideau). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Le Cadre Noir, pause for some serene contemplation at L'eglise prieurale Notre Dame de Cunault, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Breze.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saumur trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Bayeux to Saumur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daytime highs in Saumur are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) 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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