30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Nice
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Arles
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly
7
Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
Drive
8
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
9
Saumur
— 4 nights
Drive to Tours-Val-de-Loire Airport, Fly to Washington

S M T W T F S
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5

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 Marineland. 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, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

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.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 6:

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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio driving holiday planner.

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. Traveling from Nice in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bonifacio, with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Arles.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

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 Chateau des Baux de Provence and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Bring the kids along to Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, &more), Off-Road Tours (in Le Grau-du-Roi) and Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Site Archeologique de Glanum & Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime).

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Arles planner.

Getting from Bonifacio to Arles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

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 Eglise Saint-Nazaire are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Cathar Castles and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Venture out of the city with trips to Toulouse (Jardin Japonais, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more), Abbaye de Fontfroide (in Narbonne) and Albi (Pont Vieux & Les Jardins de la Berbie). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Chateau Royale de Collioure, and don't miss a visit to Cathedrale St-Jean.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne online holiday maker.

You can drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 15:

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 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.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

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 Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Family-friendly places like Louvre Museum and Île de la Cité 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). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary app.

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, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 22:

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 stroll through Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles.

To plan Perros-Guirec vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

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.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

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 Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Memorial de Caen and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Airborne Museum & Church of Sainte-Mère-Église). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

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.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

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 Musee des Blindes and Le Cadre Noir. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Villandry and Bioparc de Doue-la-Fontaine. Change things up with these side-trips from Saumur: Azay-le-Rideau (Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau & Château de l'Islette), Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais) and Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Breze and take in the architecture and atmosphere at L'eglise prieurale Notre Dame de Cunault.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Saumur tour planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Saumur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Saumur sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.