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 Louvre Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Musee d'Orsay and Palace of Versailles. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Le Marais, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris vacation builder tool.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington in May: highs in Paris hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to 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 Chateau Comtal. Family-friendly places like Cathar Castles and Couvent des Jacobins will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin, Church of Les Jacobins, &more), Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, Pont Vieux, &more) and Aeroscopia (in Blagnac). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gorges de l'Ardeche and Grotte de la Salamandre. Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Forteresse de Mornas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte), Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan) and La Bambouseraie en Cevennes (in Generargues). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont d'Arc.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 3.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car 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 Chateau des Baux de Provence and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) 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), Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole & Site Archeologique de Glanum) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, &more). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, make a trip to Abbaye de Montmajour, contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime, and stroll through Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Arles tour builder site.

Getting from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Arles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. 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 · Museums

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 Musée Marc Chagall make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Le Suquet and Vieille Ville. 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: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Marineland, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, look for gifts at Le Clos de Laure, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

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.

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 · Outdoors · 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 Airborne Museum. Kids will enjoy Omaha Beach and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. 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: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, pause for some photo ops at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux road trip planning 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. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bonifacio in May, with highs in Bayeux at 62°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Saumur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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 Chateau de Langeais. Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Cadre Noir and Zoo de La Fleche. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saumur: Manoir de Clairefontaine (in Bauge), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Azay-le-Rideau (Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau & Château de l'Islette). Spend the 31st (Mon) wandering through the wild on Bioparc de Doue-la-Fontaine. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Breze.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Saumur trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Bayeux to Saumur in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daytime highs in Saumur are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.