30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Drive to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saumur
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly
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Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
Drive to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Fly to Washington

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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial de Caen. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and brush up on your military savvy at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online trip itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Bayeux, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington in May: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 62°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saumur.
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Saumur — 3 nights

Pearl of Anjou

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zoo de La Fleche and Chateau de Langeais. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Villandry and Le Cadre Noir. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saumur: Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Musee des Blindes and explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Saumur trip planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Saumur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Saumur are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 13th (Thu), you're off 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathar Castles and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Albi (Les Jardins de la Berbie, Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, &more), Abbaye de Fontfroide (in Narbonne) and Promenade du Front de Mer (in Argeles-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, and stop by Cité de Carcassonne.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carcassonne online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Saumur to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) 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.
On the 18th (Tue), kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally don't miss a visit to Bonifacio Citadel.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio day trip tool.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Bonifacio in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. May in Bonifacio sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough 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.
Bring the kids along to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Marineland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musée Marc Chagall and Vieille Ville. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche, and don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip maker app.

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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bonifacio in May since evenings lows in Nice dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow 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 23rd (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, trot along with a tour on horseback, then steep yourself in history at Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau des Baux de Provence.

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Getting from Nice to Arles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Arles are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 3 nights

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Gorges de l'Ardeche. Attractions like Grotte de la Salamandre and Le Pont d'Arc make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Vallon-Pont-d'Arc's surroundings by going to Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan), Forteresse de Mornas (in Mornas) and La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, examine the collection at Maison de la Lavande - Domaine Lavandais, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc road trip website.

You can drive from Arles to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee Zadkine, then examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then explore the striking landscape at Les Grottes de Maxange, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Fontainebleau and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & Palace of Versailles) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Montmartre, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris vacation 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. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May: highs in Paris hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Perros-Guirec.
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Perros-Guirec — 2 nights

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
On the 4th (Fri), get outside with Ile Renote, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Greve Blanche, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, then explore the striking landscape at Cote de Granit Rose, and finally steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Beauport. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and then enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des Douaniers.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Perros-Guirec online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Paris to Perros-Guirec in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in June, you will find days in Perros-Guirec are slightly colder (65°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel 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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