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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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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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Lérins Islands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Antibes (Chapelle Saint-Bernardin, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more) and Le Suquet (in Cannes). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Chateau-Musee Grimaldi, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and get a taste of the local shopping with Avenue Jean Medecin.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nice day trip tool.

Chennai, India to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Nice is minus 4.5 hours. When traveling from Chennai in October, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Nice: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to 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 3rd (Tue): kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, see Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bonifacio trip itinerary 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. In November in Bonifacio, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can fly 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parc National des Calanques and Le Sentier des Ocres. Bring the kids along to Parc national des Calanques and Dune La Londe. Venture out of the city with trips to Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and get a taste of the local shopping with Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Marseille attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. When traveling from Bonifacio in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) 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.
On the 7th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, trot along with a tour on horseback, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Tour Magne, admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Arles journey planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Arles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Arles, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kids will enjoy Abbaye de Fontfroide and Aeroscopia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Cathar Castles. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Les Jardins de la Berbie, &more), Cathedrale St-Just (in Narbonne) and Toulouse (Theatre du Capitole, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Le Parc Australien, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Arles to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 1 night

On the 13th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud.

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Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 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, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau Royal de Blois and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny) and Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & Palace of Versailles). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stop by Ile Saint-Louis, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris planning site.

Traveling by flight from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Paris takes 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 12°C to lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) 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.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, take in the history at Omaha Beach, then make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, then get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, then examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux travel route app.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Bayeux sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.
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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.
Mont Saint-Michel and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Plage du Sillon and Avel Char A Voile. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Malo side-trips: Rennes (Centre Historique de Rennes & Parc du Thabor), Plevenon (Fort La Latte - Chateau de la Roche Goyon & Cap Fréhel) and Mont Saint-Michel Bay (in Mont-Saint-Michel). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Théâtre gallo-romain. Attractions like Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon and Musee de la mine make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and La Vieille Ville (in Annecy). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and visit The Presqu'ile.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lyon trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Saint-Malo to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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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