30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 5 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
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Blois
— 5 nights
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Perros-Guirec
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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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 Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Get some cultural insight at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Suquet. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette) and Antibes (Le Nomade & Musee Picasso). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nice online trip planner.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Nice due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Washington in April, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally don't miss a visit to Bonifacio Citadel.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Bonifacio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bonifacio when traveling from Nice in May, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Avignon.
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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.
Attractions like Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Caverne du Pont-d'Arc make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau des Baux de Provence and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange), Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes) and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Site Archeologique de Glanum, don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then trot along with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then enjoy the sand and surf at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. May in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Rocamadour.
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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 10th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse, identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave, then make a trip to Gouffre de Padirac, and finally look for gifts at La Ferme de Vigne Haute. On the next day, Head underground at Speleologie en Quercy, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte du Pech-Merle, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc Animalier de Gramat.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rocamadour vacation planning app.

You can drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Rocamadour in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in May, plan for little chillier nights in Rocamadour, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip site.

Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 1.5 hours. In May in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Blois.
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau de Langeais. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale De Bourges and La Forteresse de Montbazon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blois: Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Place Plumereau (in Tours) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Musee des Blindes, step into the grandiose world of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, admire the striking features of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, and get to know the resident critters at Zoo de La Fleche.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Blois sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Blois in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Blois: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Perros-Guirec.
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Perros-Guirec — 4 nights

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Kids will enjoy Sentier des Douaniers and Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pointe du Grouin and Fort La Latte - Chateau de la Roche Goyon. Change things up with these side-trips from Perros-Guirec: Marche aux Huitres (in Cancale), Parc du Thabor (in Rennes) and Plage du Sillon (in Saint-Malo). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, see the interesting displays at Cite des Telecoms, step off the mainland to explore Ile de Batz, and don't miss a visit to Centre Historique.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Perros-Guirec road trip app.

Drive from Blois to Perros-Guirec in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Blois in May: highs in Perros-Guirec hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then examine the collection at Airborne Museum, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bayeux trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Île de la Cité and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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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