30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Drive to Rouen
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
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Porto, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Rouen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen, then make a trip to Les Racines du Ciel, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, indulge in some personalized pampering at Meshi Mushki, then see the interesting displays at Fondation Claude Monet, then see the interesting displays at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins d'Angelique.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rouen trip planner.

Newark, USA to Rouen is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Rouen. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Newark in June, with highs in Rouen at 69°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Ranville (Cimetières Militaires & Pegasus Memorial) and Honfleur (Place Arthur Boudin, Vieux Bassin, &more). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip site.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then take in the local highlights with Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

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You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Avignon.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Arles (Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (promenade a cheval & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau) and Jardin d'Alcinoos (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon holiday maker tool.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Avignon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in June, expect Avignon to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Cassis (Calanque d'En-Vau, Trolib, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, wander the streets of The Panier, don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille online travel planner.

Drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Marseille, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Old Town, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in June, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.
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Porto, Corsica — 2 nights

On the 18th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques de Piana, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier des Muletiers, then make a trip to Gorges de Spelunca, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Beach of Bussaglia. On the next day, make a trip to Les Calanche Cliffs, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, then get outside with Torra d'Omigna, and finally head outdoors with D81.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto trip maker site.

You can fly from Nice to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and car. Traveling from Nice in June, Porto is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Carcassonne to Niaux to see Grotte de Niaux about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, and pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral.

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Fly from Porto to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In June in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 3 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Bergerac Wine Tours (in Eymet), Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins d'Eau, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, and relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda online attractions planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip maker tool.

You can fly from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly 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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