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
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Memorial de Caen. Bring the kids along to Omaha Beach and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Airborne Museum & Church of Sainte-Mère-Église) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip itinerary maker tool.

Washington, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Villandry and Musee des Blindes. Family-friendly places like Zoo de La Fleche and Chateau de Langeais will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Saumur side-trips: Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge). It doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at Le Cadre Noir and Head underground at Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saumur visit planning site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Saumur in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May in Saumur, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 46°F at night. You will leave for Carcassonne on the 12th (Wed).
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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 some cultural insight at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathar Castles and Chateau Comtal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet) and Albi (Les Jardins de la Berbie, Pont Vieux, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Chateau de Peyrepertuse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, and make a trip to Grotte de Niaux.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip maker app.

Getting from Saumur to Carcassonne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Bonifacio.
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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): hike along Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi, explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, then make a trip to Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bonifacio tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Bonifacio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In May in Bonifacio, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze. Musée Marc Chagall and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Le Suquet & La Croisette), Notre Dame d‘Afrique (in Theoule sur Mer) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, make a trip to Place Massena, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nice holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Nice takes 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 your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can 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 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.
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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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Forteresse de Mornas. Le Museum de l’Ardeche and Maison de la Lavande - Domaine Lavandais are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Grotte de la Salamandre (in Mejannes-le-Clap), La Bambouseraie en Cevennes (in Generargues) and La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Gorges de l'Ardeche, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the striking landscape at Le Pont d'Arc, and Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc.

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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. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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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: 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough 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.
Bring the kids along to Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Get some cultural insight at Musee d'Orsay and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Le Marais, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, and step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

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.
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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.
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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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