30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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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
— 2 nights
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Blois
— 5 nights
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Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musée Marc Chagall and Old Harbor (La Darse). Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Lérins Islands in Cannes, about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary website.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in April, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, experience rural life at U Porcu RANGER, and then make a trip to Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone, stroll the grounds of 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 steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bonifacio road trip planning tool.

Getting from Nice to Bonifacio by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in April since evenings lows in Bonifacio dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Avignon.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau des Baux de Provence and Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac. Kids will appreciate attractions like Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Palais des Papes. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Chateau de Tarascon (in Tarascon), Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, and explore the fascinating underground world of Caverne du Pont-d'Arc.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary site.

Getting from Bonifacio to Avignon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:

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.
On the 30th (Fri), trot along with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then enjoy the sand and surf at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer route planner.

Getting from Avignon to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in April, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rocamadour.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stop by La Ferme de Vigne Haute, examine the collection at Musee Champollion, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, and finally contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse. On the next day, engage your brain at Grotte du Pech-Merle, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc Animalier de Gramat, explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre de Padirac, then Head underground at Grottes de Lacave, and finally make a trip to Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rocamadour sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Rocamadour takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Rocamadour, with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
On the 3rd (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil, and finally stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle vacation planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Blois.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

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.
Family-friendly places like Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau de Langeais will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale De Bourges and Chateau de Cheverny. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Tours (Place Plumereau & Cathedrale Saint-Gatien). Pack the 7th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Futuroscope. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of La Forteresse de Montbazon, see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, admire the striking features of Palais Jacques-Coeur, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Blois trip planner.

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. While traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Blois, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 9:

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 10th (Mon): head outdoors with Ile Renote, take in the dramatic natural features at Cote de Granit Rose, identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, visit a coastal fixture at Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and finally enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des douaniers. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Falaises de Tredrez, get outside with Sentier Des Douaniers, then don't miss a visit to La Vallee des Saints, and finally contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Beauport.

Plan trip to Perros-Guirec with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Blois to Perros-Guirec by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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 slightly colder, around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Pointe du Hoc. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Memorial de Caen and Airborne Museum. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux road trip planner.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

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 Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ile Saint-Louis and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

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Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 19:

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.