30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Tours-Val-de-Loire Airport, Drive to Saumur
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Saumur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
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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.
Bring the kids along to Zoo de La Fleche and Musee des Blindes. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Villandry and Chateau de Langeais. Change things up with these side-trips from Saumur: Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Le Cadre Noir and explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier.

Before you visit Saumur, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Washington, USA to Saumur is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington in May; daily highs in Saumur reach 64°F and lows reach 46°F. You will leave for Bayeux on the 6th (Thu).
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Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Bring the kids along to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Memorial de Caen and Pointe du Hoc. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Airborne Museum & Church of Sainte-Mère-Église). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bayeux trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Saumur to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Bayeux sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Perros-Guirec.
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Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Perros-Guirec — 1 night

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the striking landscape 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 hike along Sentier des Douaniers, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Perros-Guirec tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ile Saint-Louis and Musee Somme 1916. Bring the kids along to Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Venture out of the city with trips to Amiens (Musee de Picardie, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more), Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris holiday builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Perros-Guirec to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

On the 16th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Musee Zadkine, examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Carcassonne.
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Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

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 a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cathar Castles and Chateau Comtal. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Albi (Pont Vieux, Les Jardins de la Berbie, &more), Aeroscopia (in Blagnac) and Toulouse (Musee des Augustins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place Carnot, visit Cité de Carcassonne, and don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip planning tool.

You can drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Find places to stay May 17 — 21:

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Caverne du Pont-d'Arc. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arc de Triomphe and Maison de la Lavande - Domaine Lavandais. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: 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, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the striking landscape at Le Pont d'Arc, and explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche.

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

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arles.
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Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

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 25th (Tue): trot along with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally contemplate the long history of Site Archeologique de Glanum.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Arles vacation app.

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Arles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Arles sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time 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.
On the 27th (Thu), hike along Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi, Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, and finally head off the coast to Iles Lavezzi. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, then take a leisurely stroll along Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio route planning site.

You can fly from Arles to Bonifacio in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Le Suquet and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: La Croisette (in Cannes) and Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, and make a trip to Place Massena.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nice travel route planner.

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, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 57°F. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:

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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