30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
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Blois
— 5 nights
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Perros-Guirec
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musée Marc Chagall and Lérins Islands. When in Nice, make a side trip to see Eglise Notre Dame de la Garoupe in Antibes, approximately Antibes away. There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nice road trip planning app.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:

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 2nd (Sun), get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, and finally contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio trip planner.

You can fly from Nice to Bonifacio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Nice in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Bonifacio, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Avignon.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

Avignon

— 3 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Attractions like Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau des Baux de Provence and Roman Theatre of Orange. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Caverne du Pont-d'Arc (in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc), Colorado Provencal (in Rustrel) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, and admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Avignon trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Bonifacio to Avignon in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. May in Avignon sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

— 1 night
Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
On the 6th (Thu), trot along with a tour on horseback, stroll through Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then enjoy the sand and surf at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer route maker website.

Drive from Avignon to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. May in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Rocamadour

— 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, stroll through Rocher des Aigles, then Head underground at Grottes de Lacave, and finally contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Gouffre de Padirac, Head underground at Speleologie en Quercy, then engage your brain at Grotte du Pech-Merle, and finally meet the residents at Parc Animalier de Gramat.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Rocamadour trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Rocamadour takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in May, Rocamadour is little chillier at night with lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 1 night
On the 9th (Sun), make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly to Blois.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 9:

Blois

— 5 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau Royal de Blois and La Forteresse de Montbazon. Family-friendly places like Musee des Blindes and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais) and Tours (Place Plumereau & Cathedrale Saint-Gatien). Pack the 11th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Futuroscope. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, make a trip to Chateau de Chambord, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Blois visit planner.

Getting from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Blois by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May, you will find days in Blois are slightly colder (65°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 14:

Perros-Guirec

— 4 nights

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Family-friendly places like Sentier des Douaniers and Chateau du Taureau will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h and Les Remparts de Dinan. Explore Perros-Guirec's surroundings by going to Plage du Sillon (in Saint-Malo), Ile de Batz (in Roscoff) and Promenade du Clair de Lune (in Dinard). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Foret de Huelgoat, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, and visit a coastal fixture at Cap Fréhel.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Perros-Guirec trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Blois to Perros-Guirec in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Blois in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Perros-Guirec: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 18:

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, then get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bayeux road trip planner.

Drive from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

Paris

— 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Get a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Ile Saint-Louis. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & Palace of Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, wander the streets of Montmartre, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 26:

France travel guide

4.3
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.