30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Arles
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mont Saint-Michel and Cap Fréhel. Kids will enjoy Plage du Sillon and Musee Christian Dior. Explore Saint-Malo's surroundings by going to Rennes (Parc du Thabor & Centre Historique de Rennes), Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Fort La Latte - Chateau de la Roche Goyon (in Plevenon). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, learn something new at Avel Char A Voile, contemplate the long history of Fort National, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral.

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Washington DC, USA to Saint-Malo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In October, Saint-Malo is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bayeux online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon and La Vieille Ville. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Le Cassissium (in Nuits-Saint-Georges), Dijon (Owl's Trail & Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon) and Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon.

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You can fly from Bayeux to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Lyon are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, see Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bonifacio sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Bonifacio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Lyon in November; daily highs in Bonifacio reach 66°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Place Rossetti and Musee Picasso. Venture out of the city with trips to Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Town, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Coquillages.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

You can fly from Bonifacio to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Marseille.
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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.
Attractions like Parc national des Calanques and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde make great kid-friendly stops. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Roman Theatre of Orange and Pont d'Avignon. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Sentier Jean Francois Jube (in Le Pradet), Dune La Londe (in La Londe Les Maures) and Eglise Saint-Louis (in Le Lavandou). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and wander the streets of The Panier.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marseille online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Marseille are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, trot along with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), steep yourself in history at Chateau des Baux de Provence, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Magne, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Arles trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Marseille to Arles in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, daytime highs in Arles are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to 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 Abbaye de Fontfroide and Aeroscopia. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedrale St-Just (in Narbonne), Albi (Les Jardins de la Berbie, Pont Vieux, &more) and Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, stop by Cité de Carcassonne, get to know the fascinating history of Place Carnot, and take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

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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 your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carcassonne in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) 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.
Family-friendly places like Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles will thrill your kids. Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & The Royal Chapel). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, don't miss a visit to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. While traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, expect a bit cooler 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 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly 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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