30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Tours-Val-de-Loire Airport, Drive to Saumur
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Saumur
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
Kids will enjoy Zoo de La Fleche and Chateau de Langeais. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Villandry and Le Cadre Noir. Change things up with these side-trips from Saumur: Azay-le-Rideau (Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau & Château de l'Islette), Chateau de Brissac (in Brissac-Quince) and Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee des Blindes, admire the landmark architecture of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Breze.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saumur vacation planning app.

Washington, USA to Saumur is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Saumur, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington in May, with highs in Saumur at 64°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Memorial de Caen. Get some cultural insight at Normandy American Cemetery and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Airborne Museum & Church of Sainte-Mère-Église). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Omaha Beach, make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, see the interesting displays at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, and browse the exhibits of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip planner.

You can drive from Saumur to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Cote de Granit Rose, enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des Douaniers, and finally identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Perros-Guirec itinerary planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau Royal de Blois and Ile Saint-Louis. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Perros-Guirec to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musee Zadkine, then 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle tour itinerary planning app.

Fly from Paris to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) 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.
Bring the kids along to Cathar Castles and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Abbaye de Fontfroide. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, &more), Toulouse (Marche Victor Hugo, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more) and Aeroscopia (in Blagnac). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just, and get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole.

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Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Jardins de la Fontaine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Site Archeologique de Glanum. Venture out of the city with trips to Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes), Tour Magne (in Nimes) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence, admire the natural beauty at La Bambouseraie en Cevennes, admire the striking features of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, and steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime.

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Getting from Carcassonne to Arles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi, explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, and finally identify plant and animal life at Iles Lavezzi. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, then take in the waterfront at Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, and then kick back and relax at Plage De Roccapina.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bonifacio road trip planning app.

Fly from Arles to Bonifacio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Promenade du Paillon. Kids will enjoy Le Suquet and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins), Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet) and Antibes (Eglise Notre Dame de la Garoupe & Musee Picasso). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, wander the streets of La Croisette, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Marineland.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nice vacation maker site.

You can fly from Bonifacio to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 57°F. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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