30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly
8
Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
Drive
9
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saumur
— 4 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Port Vauban (in Antibes) and Cannes (Île Sainte-Marguerite, Le Suquet, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise, and take a stroll through Old Town.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Nice. Traveling from Washington in May, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight 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 7th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone, and then contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, then take in the waterfront at Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, and finally hike along Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bonifacio tour planning site.

Fly from Nice to Bonifacio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Nice in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Bonifacio, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, trot along with a tour on horseback, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Arles journey maker.

You can fly from Bonifacio to Arles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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 Gorges de l'Ardeche. Family-friendly places like Grotte de la Salamandre and Caverne du Pont-d'Arc will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Vallon-Pont-d'Arc side-trips: Forteresse de Mornas (in Mornas), Terres d'ecriture (in Grignan) and La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Le Pont d'Arc, take in nature's colorful creations at La Bambouseraie en Cevennes, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip planner.

Drive from Arles to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.
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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.
Attractions like Cathar Castles and Eglise Saint-Nazaire make great kid-friendly stops. Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Chateau Comtal are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Albi (Pont Vieux, Les Jardins de la Berbie, &more), Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux) and Toulouse (Pont Neuf & Basilique Saint-Sernin). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royale de Collioure, walk around Promenade du Front de Mer, and steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne day trip app.

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carcassonne: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, explore the striking landscape at Les Grottes de Maxange, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil, and finally contemplate the long history of Château de Biron. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and then examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle tour itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Île de la Cité and The Hall of Mirrors. Venture out of the city with trips to Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, make a trip to Champs-Elysees, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Paris online trip maker.

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. When traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May, plan for little chillier days in Paris, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight 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.
On the 24th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Cote de Granit Rose, enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, then get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier des Douaniers, and finally identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Perros-Guirec tour planner.

You can fly from Paris to Perros-Guirec in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Perros-Guirec: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
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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 Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Family-friendly places like Memorial de Caen and Bayeux War Cemetery will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saumur.
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Saumur — 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Villandry and Château de l'Islette. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee des Blindes and Chateau de Langeais. Explore Saumur's surroundings by going to Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche). Next up on the itinerary: have fun and explore at Le Cadre Noir, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Breze, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at L'eglise prieurale Notre Dame de Cunault.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Saumur tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Saumur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) 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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