30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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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
4
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Arles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
7
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
Fly
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saumur
— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Musee d'Orsay and Arc de Triomphe. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, take a stroll through Montmartre, and get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris day trip planning app.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Paris is 6 hours. When traveling from Washington in May, plan for slightly colder days in Paris, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musee Zadkine, see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil, and finally walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, then make a trip to Chateau de Beynac, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip maker app.

Fly from Paris to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Abbaye de Fontfroide. Family-friendly places like Cathar Castles and Musee des Augustins will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, Pont Vieux, &more), Aeroscopia (in Blagnac) and Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Church of Les Jacobins). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, browse the fresh offerings at Les Halles de Narbonne, and wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne road trip planner.

You can drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Escale Aventure. Bring the kids along to Grotte de la Salamandre and Le Pont d'Arc. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: La Bambouseraie en Cevennes (in Generargues), Forteresse de Mornas (in Mornas) and La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte). There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Gorges de l'Ardeche, Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc route planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Arles.
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Arles — 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. Chateau des Baux de Provence and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arles: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, &more), Nimes (Jardins de la Fontaine & Tour Magne) and Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole & Site Archeologique de Glanum). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Montmajour, take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Arles journey tool.

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. In May in Arles, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
Attractions like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Suquet make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Musée Marc Chagall and La cité médiévale. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Île Sainte-Marguerite (in Cannes) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, look for gifts at Le Clos de Laure, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip maker.

You can drive from Arles to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to 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.
On the 25th (Tue), stroll through Plage du Petit Sperone, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bonifacio travel planner.

You can fly from Nice to Bonifacio in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Nice in May, plan for little chillier nights in Bonifacio, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Airborne Museum. Kids will enjoy Memorial de Caen and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Venture out of the city with trips to Church of Sainte-Mère-Église (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux journey site.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Bayeux takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in May, things will get little chillier in Bayeux: highs are around 62°F and lows about 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can 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.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Villandry and Chateau de Langeais. Discover out-of-the-way places like Zoo de La Fleche and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saumur: Château de l'Islette (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee des Blindes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Breze, and explore the engaging exhibits at Le Cadre Noir.

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You can drive from Bayeux to Saumur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) 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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