30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Perros-Guirec
— 4 nights
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Blois
— 5 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
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Nice
— 5 nights
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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.
Family-friendly places like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Place de la Concorde. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

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Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in April, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are slightly colder, around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 26:

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, see the interesting displays at Airborne Museum, take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, then examine the collection at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

Perros-Guirec

— 4 nights

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sentier des douaniers and Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h and Pointe du Grouin. Change things up with these side-trips from Perros-Guirec: Plage du Sillon (in Saint-Malo), Chemin de Ronde (in Cancale) and Promenade du Clair de Lune (in Dinard). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Foret de Huelgoat, get outside with Ile Renote, head off the coast to Ile de Batz, and explore the striking landscape at Cote de Granit Rose.

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Getting from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. April in Perros-Guirec sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Blois.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:

Blois

— 5 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau Royal de Blois and La Forteresse de Montbazon. Bring the kids along to Chateau de Langeais and Balloon Rides. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blois: Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Tours (Place Plumereau & Cathedrale Saint-Gatien). Pack the 6th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Futuroscope. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, and make a trip to Chateau de Chambord.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Blois tour itinerary app.

Drive from Perros-Guirec to Blois in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Perros-Guirec in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Blois, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 7:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac, then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud.

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You can fly from Blois to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Blois in May: highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 8:

Rocamadour

— 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier de Gramat, then Head underground at Grottes de Lacave, and finally don't miss a visit to Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gouffre de Padirac, then get a taste of the local shopping with La Ferme de Vigne Haute, then stroll through Grotte du Pech-Merle, and finally Head underground at Speleologie en Quercy.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocamadour travel planner.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Rocamadour takes 1.5 hours. May in Rocamadour sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 10:

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

— 1 night
Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip planning website.

You can drive from Rocamadour to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Rocamadour in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:

Avignon

— 3 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau des Baux de Provence and Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Vallon-Pont-d'Arc (Le Pont d'Arc & Caverne du Pont-d'Arc), Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange) and La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, admire the landmark architecture of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, and admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Avignon online day trip planner.

Drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. May in Avignon sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel.

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Traveling by flight from Avignon to Bonifacio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Bonifacio can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

Nice

— 5 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 Marineland and Le Suquet. Get a sense of the local culture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip maker.

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, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 20:

France travel guide

4.3
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.