30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

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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
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
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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 Arc de Triomphe. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Louvre Museum and Île de la Cité. 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: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, appreciate the extensive heritage of 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 16.5-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.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 8:

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.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 10:

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 Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Family-friendly places like Cathar Castles and Couvent des Jacobins 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, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Fontfroide, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip itinerary tool.

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. In May, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 14:

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Forteresse de Mornas. Family-friendly places like Gorges de l'Ardeche and Kayaking & Canoeing will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: La Bambouseraie en Cevennes (in Generargues), La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte) and Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan). There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de la Salamandre and explore the striking landscape at Le Pont d'Arc.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc online visit 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. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

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 Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Chateau des Baux de Provence and Site Archeologique de Glanum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arles: Nimes (Jardins de la Fontaine & Tour Magne), Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, 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.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

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 Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Le Suquet and Musée Marc Chagall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Île Sainte-Marguerite (in Cannes). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Marineland, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice online travel route planner.

Drive from Arles to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 24:

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 (King Aragon Steps), 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.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:

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 Omaha Beach. Kids will enjoy Airborne Museum and Bayeux War Cemetery. 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: contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

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.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 28:

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 Musee des Blindes and Château de l'Islette. Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Cadre Noir and Bioparc de Doue-la-Fontaine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saumur: Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche), Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais) and Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Breze, and contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

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Drive from Bayeux to Saumur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Saumur are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.