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
— 2 nights
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
— 1 night
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Omaha Beach. Bring the kids along to Airborne Museum and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. Step out of Bayeux to go to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and see Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary builder site.

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. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington in May, with highs in Bayeux at 62°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saumur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Musee des Blindes and Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier. Family-friendly places like Le Cadre Noir and Chateau de Langeais will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Saumur side-trips: Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge). Spend the 12th (Wed) wandering through the wild on Bioparc de Doue-la-Fontaine. There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Saumur trip itinerary maker site.

You can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saumur

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 12:

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 some cultural insight at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Cathar Castles. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Chateau Comtal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Albi (Les Jardins de la Berbie, Pont Vieux, &more) and Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japonais, and contemplate the long history of Chateau de Queribus.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip builder website.

You can fly from Saumur to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. May in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 16:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi, explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel, and finally step off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, make a trip to Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally kick back and relax at Plage De Roccapina.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bonifacio trip itinerary website.

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. In May, daytime highs in Bonifacio are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Le Suquet and La Croisette are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Notre Dame d‘Afrique (in Theoule sur Mer). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Place Massena, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nice online vacation builder.

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. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bonifacio in May since evenings lows in Nice dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · 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 a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then admire the striking features of 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 next day: 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), then admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and finally admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Arles trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can 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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Maison de la Lavande - Domaine Lavandais. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Gorges de l'Ardeche and Caverne du Pont-d'Arc. Venture out of the city with trips to La Bambouseraie en Cevennes (in Generargues), Forteresse de Mornas (in Mornas) and La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte). There's much more to do: Head underground at Grotte de la Salamandre, learn more about the world around you at Le Museum de l’Ardeche, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Pont d'Arc, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Arles to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. 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
On the 28th (Fri), examine the collection at Musee Zadkine, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, walk 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.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle travel route planner.

Getting from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time 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.
Bring the kids along to Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau), Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). The adventure continues: stroll through Île de la Cité, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip itinerary planner.

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 little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to 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

— 1 night

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 4th (Fri): 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.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Perros-Guirec trip maker.

Fly from Paris to Perros-Guirec in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Perros-Guirec, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 53°F. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:

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.