30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Saint-Malo
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Saint-Malo

— 3 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Family-friendly places like Plage du Sillon and Cap d'Erquy will thrill your kids. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mont Saint-Michel and Cap Fréhel. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Malo: Fort La Latte (in Plevenon), Rennes (Centre Historique de Rennes & Parc du Thabor) and Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel & Mont Saint-Michel Bay). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, stroll through Plage du Nick, and make a trip to Centre Historique.

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Washington DC, USA to Saint-Malo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in October; daily highs in Saint-Malo reach 62°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, stroll through Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, then examine the collection at Airborne Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Hommes, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

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You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in November, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

Lyon

— 4 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste. Kids will appreciate attractions like Théâtre gallo-romain and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar), Dijon (Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, &more) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). There's lots more to do: make a trip to La Vieille Ville, explore the galleries of Le Cassissium, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, and admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:

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 9th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, head outdoors with Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel.

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Traveling by flight from Lyon to Bonifacio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lyon in November, with highs in Bonifacio at 66°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Kids will enjoy Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands & Rue d'Antibes) and La Collegiale Saint Paul (in St-Paul-de-Vence). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and stop by Place Rossetti.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nice trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:

Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Roman Theatre of Orange and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Kids will enjoy Parc National des Calanques and Dune La Londe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Colorado Provencal (in Rustrel), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and wander the streets of The Panier.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Marseille online travel route planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Marseille sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, trot along with a tour on horseback, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, and finally appreciate the history behind La Maison Carree.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Arles online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Arles, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Cathar Castles. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Abbaye de Fontfroide and Chateau Comtal. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Toulouse (Musee des Augustins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more), Site House, Museum Of Catalan boats (in Port-Vendres) and Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Les Jardins de la Berbie, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planner.

You can drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle when traveling from Carcassonne in November, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 23:

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. Bring the kids along to Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Venture out of the city with trips to Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (L'Orangerie & Palace of Versailles). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, make a trip to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paris driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. While traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 28:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.