30 days in France Itinerary

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
Drive
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Saumur
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly
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Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
Drive to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Fly to Washington

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Venture out of the city with trips to Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Church of Sainte-Mère-Église & Airborne Museum), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Bayeux road trip planning website.

Washington, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Bayeux is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in May, expect Bayeux to be a bit cooler, temps between 62°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saumur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee des Blindes and Zoo de La Fleche. Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Cadre Noir and Chateau de Langeais. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saumur: Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge). Spend the 13th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Bioparc de Doue-la-Fontaine. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saumur trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Saumur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Saumur are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saumur

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Cathar Castles. Kids will enjoy Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Chateau Comtal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Plage de la Grande Conque (in Cap-d'Agde), Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Pont Vieux, &more) and Abbaye de Fontfroide (in Narbonne). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, take some stellar pictures from Mont St-Clair, admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Saumur to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 17:

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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Le Museum de l’Ardeche. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gorges de l'Ardeche and Base Canyon de la Besorgues. Get out of town with these interesting Vallon-Pont-d'Arc side-trips: La Bambouseraie en Cevennes (in Generargues), Grotte de la Salamandre (in Mejannes-le-Clap) and La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont d'Arc.

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Drive from Carcassonne to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Le Sentier des Ocres and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau des Baux de Provence and Roman Theatre of Orange. Venture out of the city with trips to Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime)) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, and steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes.

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You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then 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.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio online journey planner.

You can fly from Avignon to Bonifacio in 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Île Sainte-Marguerite. Kids will enjoy Le Suquet and Vieille Ville. Venture out of the city with trips to Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more), Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette) and A.I.R. Vallauris (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice day trip planning app.

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 somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 28:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Les Grottes de Maxange, take an in-depth tour of Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe, make a trip to Chateau de Beynac, then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip planning website.

Fly from Nice to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Nice in May, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is slightly colder at night with lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Île de la Cité and Fontaine Saint-Sulpice. Bring the kids along to Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (L'Orangerie, Palace of Versailles, &more) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

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. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 4:

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 5th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h and then stroll through Sentier des douaniers.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Perros-Guirec tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paris to Perros-Guirec in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Perros-Guirec: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

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.