30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
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Blois
— 5 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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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
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ile Saint-Louis and Musee Jacquemart-Andre. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles, The Trianons & The Hamlet, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Paris planner.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Paris is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in April, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (60°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:

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 Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Omaha Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Memorial de Caen and Bayeux War Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Church of Sainte-Mère-Église & Airborne Museum) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

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 28th (Wed): get outside with Ile Renote, take in the dramatic natural features at Cote de Granit Rose, stroll through Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and finally stroll through Sentier des douaniers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Falaises de Tredrez, don't miss a visit to La Vallee des Saints, then see the interesting displays at Chateau de la Ville Chevalier, and finally contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Beauport.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Perros-Guirec trip builder site.

Getting from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In April, daytime highs in Perros-Guirec are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Blois.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Chateau Royal de Blois and Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Get a sense of the local culture at La Forteresse de Montbazon and Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire. Change things up with these side-trips from Blois: Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). Pack the 2nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Futuroscope. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chambord, see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, and go for a walk through Place Plumereau.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Blois trip itinerary app.

Drive from Perros-Guirec to Blois in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Blois are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 4:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
On the 5th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil, and finally steep yourself in history at Château de Biron.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle itinerary site.

Getting from Blois to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Blois, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse, stroll through Rocher des Aigles, then get curious at Grotte du Pech-Merle, and finally Head underground at Speleologie en Quercy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave, make a trip to Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet, Head underground at Gouffre de Padirac, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier de Gramat, and finally look for gifts at La Ferme de Vigne Haute.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rocamadour trip planner.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Rocamadour takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Rocamadour can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): trot along with a tour on horseback, stroll through Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then kick back and relax at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer holiday app.

Drive from Rocamadour to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Rocamadour in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:

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.
Kids will enjoy Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Palais des Papes. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau des Baux de Provence and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Nimes (Jardins de la Fontaine & Tour Magne), Caverne du Pont-d'Arc (in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum, don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Avignon trip builder tool.

You can drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In May in Avignon, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 12:

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.
On the 13th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, and finally see Off-Road Tours. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at U Porcu RANGER, then make a trip to Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bonifacio trip itinerary planning 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. In May, daytime highs in Bonifacio are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Nice.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Eglise. Bring the kids along to Marineland and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: La Croisette (in Cannes) and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nice route builder tool.

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. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Bonifacio in May, with lows around 57°F. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 18:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.