30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner

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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
Fly

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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 Musee des Blindes and Le Cadre Noir. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Villandry and Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier. Change things up with these side-trips from Saumur: Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche), Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais) and Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge). Spend the 6th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Bioparc de Doue-la-Fontaine. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Saumur online itinerary maker.

Washington, USA to Saumur is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Saumur is 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington in May, with highs in Saumur at 64°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saumur

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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 Airborne Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Memorial de Caen and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Take a break from Bayeux with a short trip to Church of Sainte-Mère-Église in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, get engrossed in the history at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux trip planner.

Getting from Saumur to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 10:

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 Île de la Cité and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens. Bring the kids along to Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Venture out of the city with trips to Amiens (Musee de Picardie & Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens), Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees, and contemplate the long history of Hotel de Ville.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Perros-Guirec to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 15:

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.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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 Cathar Castles. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Musee des Augustins. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Albi (Pont Vieux, Les Jardins de la Berbie, &more), Aeroscopia (in Blagnac) and Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Jardin Japonais). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place Carnot, and visit Cité de Carcassonne.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne travel route planning site.

Getting from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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. Get some cultural insight at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Arc de Triomphe. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gorges de l'Ardeche and Caverne du Pont-d'Arc. 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). The adventure continues: Head underground at Grotte de la Salamandre, see the interesting displays at Maison de la Lavande - Domaine Lavandais, identify plant and animal life at Le Pont d'Arc, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 3.5 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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): head outdoors 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.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

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), enjoy the sand and surf at Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi, Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), 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. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, take a leisurely stroll along Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bonifacio travel planning website.

Fly from Arles to Bonifacio in 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

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 Vieille Ville. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Le Suquet and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planning site.

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. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Bonifacio in May, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:

France travel guide

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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.