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
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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 Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Venture out of the city with trips to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's lots more to do: take in the history at Omaha Beach, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip planner.

Washington, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Bayeux due to the time zone difference. In May, Bayeux is little chillier than Washington - with highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saumur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

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 Musee des Blindes and Chateau de Langeais. Get some cultural insight at Le Cadre Noir and Manoir de Clairefontaine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saumur: Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche). Spend the 13th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Bioparc de Doue-la-Fontaine. There's more to do: Head underground at Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saumur trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Saumur in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daytime highs in Saumur are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saumur

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

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 Chateau Comtal. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathar Castles and Abbaye de Fontfroide. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Promenade du Front de Mer (in Argeles-sur-Mer), Albi (Les Jardins de la Berbie, Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, &more) and Chateau Royale de Collioure (in Collioure). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and appreciate the extensive heritage of 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.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 17:

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 (King Aragon Steps), 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.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:

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 Le Suquet and Musée Marc Chagall. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: La Croisette (in Cannes) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nice driving holiday tool.

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. Traveling from Bonifacio in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 22:

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.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Maison de la Lavande - Domaine Lavandais. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gorges de l'Ardeche and Caverne du Pont-d'Arc. Change things up with these side-trips from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: Grotte de la Salamandre (in Mejannes-le-Clap), La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte) and Forteresse de Mornas (in Mornas). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Escale Aventure, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Pont d'Arc, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc sightseeing site.

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 in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

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 do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. 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.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 29:

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 Ile Saint-Louis. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Venture out of the city with trips to Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & Palace of Versailles). There's still lots to do: stop by Île de la Cité, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, wander the streets of Montmartre, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris itinerary planning tool.

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. Expect a bit cooler 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) so you can fly to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 3:

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.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:

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.