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
— 2 nights
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Perros-Guirec
— 4 nights
Drive
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Blois
— 5 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
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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
— 1 night
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Nice
— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fondation Louis Vuitton and Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and stop by Le Marais.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paris journey planner.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington in April, plan for slightly colder days in Paris, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can 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 4th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum, take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, then examine the collection at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and finally learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux travel planner.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Bayeux sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Perros-Guirec.
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Perros-Guirec — 4 nights

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sentier des Douaniers and Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h. Get some cultural insight at Pointe du Grouin and Fort La Latte - Chateau de la Roche Goyon. Explore Perros-Guirec's surroundings by going to Marche aux Huitres (in Cancale), Plage du Sillon (in Saint-Malo) and Promenade du Clair de Lune (in Dinard). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Foret de Huelgoat, visit a coastal fixture at Cap Fréhel, take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, and steep yourself in history at Chateau du Taureau.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Perros-Guirec trip maker.

You can drive from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Perros-Guirec can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Blois.
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau Royal de Blois and La Forteresse de Montbazon. Family-friendly places like Chateau de Langeais and Futuroscope will thrill your kids. Explore Blois' surroundings by going to Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Tours (Place Plumereau & Cathedrale Saint-Gatien). It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny and examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Blois trip planner.

Getting from Perros-Guirec to Blois by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Perros-Guirec in May, you will find days in Blois are somewhat warmer (65°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). On the 14th (Fri), you'll travel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Blois to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Blois in May, expect nights in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rocamadour.
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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.
On the 16th (Sun), examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave, and finally contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): Head underground at Gouffre de Padirac, get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier de Gramat, then browse the exhibits of Grotte du Pech-Merle, and finally Head underground at Speleologie en Quercy.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rocamadour driving holiday app.

Getting from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Rocamadour by car takes about 1.5 hours. May in Rocamadour sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, take a pleasant ride with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then kick back and relax at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Rocamadour in May, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is a bit warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Avignon.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau des Baux de Provence and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Site Archeologique de Glanum. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Nimes (Tour Magne & Jardins de la Fontaine) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). The adventure continues: hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, contemplate the long history of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) 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 22nd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Avignon to Bonifacio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. May in Bonifacio sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
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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 Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Promenade des Anglais. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: La Petite Cave de Saint Paul (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Antibes (Le Nomade & Musee Picasso) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, Musee Des Explorations Du Monde, &more). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary planner.

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. Traveling from Bonifacio in May, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) 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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