30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
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Blois
— 5 nights
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Perros-Guirec
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Family-friendly places like Marineland and Lérins Islands will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Le Suquet (in Cannes), Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI (in Biot) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice travel route planning tool.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington in April since evenings lows in Nice dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:

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 1st (Sat): kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, 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.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio trip planner.

Fly from Nice to Bonifacio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Bonifacio when traveling from Nice in April, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Avignon.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

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.
Bring the kids along to Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Caverne du Pont-d'Arc. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau des Baux de Provence and Site Archeologique de Glanum. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes), Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes) and Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon online trip builder.

You can fly from Bonifacio to Avignon in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May in Avignon, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

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 5th (Wed): trot along with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then enjoy the sand and surf at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Rocamadour.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

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.
On the 6th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse, identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles, then Head underground at Gouffre de Padirac, then get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier de Gramat, and finally stop by La Ferme de Vigne Haute. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave, then don't miss a visit to Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet, then engage your brain at Grotte du Pech-Merle, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Speleologie en Quercy.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rocamadour trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Rocamadour in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in May, expect little chillier with lows of 48°F in Rocamadour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac, then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle online journey planner.

You can drive from Rocamadour to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Blois.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 8:

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Chateau Royal de Blois and La Forteresse de Montbazon. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Cheverny and Chateau de Langeais. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blois: Tours (Place Plumereau, Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, &more), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). Pack the 10th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Futuroscope. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Chambord, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Blois trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Blois takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Blois, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 13:

Perros-Guirec

— 4 nights

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Kids will enjoy Sentier des douaniers and Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pointe du Grouin and Promenade du Clair de Lune. Get out of town with these interesting Perros-Guirec side-trips: Ile de Batz (in Roscoff), Plage du Sillon (in Saint-Malo) and Chemin de Ronde (in Cancale). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, get outside with Ile Renote, delve into the lush surroundings at Foret de Huelgoat, and explore the striking landscape at Cote de Granit Rose.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Perros-Guirec tour website.

You can drive from Blois to Perros-Guirec in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Blois in May, expect nights in Perros-Guirec to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 17:

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 18th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, then see the interesting displays at Airborne Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux trip planner.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Paris

— 6 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.
Kids will enjoy Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Louvre Museum and Palace of Versailles are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Paris sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 25:

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.