30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Drive to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Saumur
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 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
— 2 nights
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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.
Attractions like Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Omaha Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial de Caen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Airborne Museum & Church of Sainte-Mère-Église) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Bayeux trip planning app.

Washington, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Bayeux is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in May, things will get a bit cooler in Bayeux: highs are around 62°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saumur.
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Saumur — 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Villandry and Le Cadre Noir. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zoo de La Fleche and Chateau de Langeais. Change things up with these side-trips from Saumur: Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Musee des Blindes and explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saumur itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Saumur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Saumur can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. You'll set off for Carcassonne on the 14th (Fri).
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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 Chateau Comtal. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Toulouse (Marche Victor Hugo, Musee des Augustins, &more) and Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Les Jardins de la Berbie, &more). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and see the interesting displays at Musee de L'Inquisition.

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

Fly from Saumur to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): 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 make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bonifacio trip maker site.

Getting from Carcassonne to Bonifacio by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. May in Bonifacio sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Nice.
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Old Town. Step off the beaten path and head to Musée Marc Chagall and Le Suquet. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet), Cannes (La Croisette & Île Sainte-Marguerite) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice driving holiday tool.

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, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, explore the historical opulence of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Montmajour, admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and finally delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Arles trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Nice to Arles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Arles are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 3 nights

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Maison de la Lavande - Domaine Lavandais are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Grotte de la Salamandre and Forteresse de Mornas. Get out of town with these interesting Vallon-Pont-d'Arc side-trips: La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte), La Bambouseraie en Cevennes (in Generargues) and Grotte de la Cocalière (in Courry). There's still lots to do: stroll through Gorges de l'Ardeche, take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont d'Arc, Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc day trip planning website.

Getting from Arles to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

On the 29th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Musee Zadkine, examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then explore the striking landscape at Les Grottes de Maxange, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Discover out-of-the-way places like Île de la Cité and Rue du Gros-Horloge. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles & Palace of Versailles) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and visit Montmartre.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Perros-Guirec.
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Perros-Guirec — 2 nights

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, head outdoors with Ile Renote, then stroll through Plage de la Greve Blanche, then explore the striking landscape at Cote de Granit Rose, and finally contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Beauport. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and then enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des Douaniers.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Perros-Guirec online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Perros-Guirec takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in June, expect nights in Perros-Guirec to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are slightly colder, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (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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