30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

Make it your trip
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Paris
— 4 nights
Fly
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Biarritz
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Collioure
— 1 night
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly
8
Caen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Paris

— 4 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paris itinerary site.

Nottingham, UK to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Biarritz.

Things to do in Paris

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:

Biarritz

— 3 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ferme d'Agerria (in Saint-Martin-d'Arberoue), River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray) and Plage d'Hendaye (in Hendaye). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Rocher de la Vierge, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie, see Off-Road Tours, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Superbe.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Biarritz trip planner.

Fly from Paris to Biarritz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Biarritz: highs are around 16°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Carcassonne

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, then admire the masterpieces at La Cooperative Collection Ceres Franco, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne. Keep things going the next day: ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Canet, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Guery.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne visit planner.

Drive from Biarritz to Carcassonne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Biarritz in December, with highs in Carcassonne at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Collioure.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Collioure

— 1 night
Collioure is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.GeographyThe town of Collioure is on the Côte Vermeille, in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.ToponymyCollioure is named Cotlliure in Catalan.HistoryThere is a record of the castle at "Castrum Caucoliberi" having been mentioned as early as 673, indicating that the settlement here was of strategic and commercial importance during the Visigoth ascendancy.Collioure used to be divided into two villages separated by the river Douy, the old town to the south named Port d'Avall (in French known as Le Faubourg) and the upstream port, Port d'Amunt (in French known as La Ville).Collioure was taken in 1642 by the French troops of Maréchal de la Meilleraye. On the 18th (Sat), partake in some friendly competition at Tresors 66 Collioure, then make a trip to Fort Saint-Elme, then wander the streets of Quartier du Moure, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Collioure driving holiday planning site.

Drive from Carcassonne to Collioure in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Collioure can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Collioure

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Nice

— 5 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and get your game on at SENSAS Nice.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nice visit planner.

Getting from Collioure to Nice by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. December in Nice sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens (in Hyeres), La Croix-Valmer (Le Cap Lardier & Plage de Sylvabelle) and Grimaud (Plage de Guerrevieille & Plage du Gros Pin). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique, get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions, and look for gifts at Catalan Bougie.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael day trip planning tool.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saint-Raphael when traveling from Nice in December, with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence), La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Stand-Up Paddleboarding) and Palais des Papes (in Avignon). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, delve into the distant past at Chateau d'Hyeres, don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Marseille online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly to Caen.

Things to do in Marseille

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Caen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Caen: Chemin des Douaniers (in Etretat), Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets) and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Dames, sample the fine beverages at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, and get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen.

Discover how to plan a Caen trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Caen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Marseille in December: highs in Caen hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Grottes de Jobourg (in Jobourg) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, and take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux trip planning tool.

Bayeux is just a stone's throw from Caen. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

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.