29 days in France Itinerary

29 days in France Itinerary

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29 days in France Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h
1
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h
3
Albi
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Saint-Malo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Bayeux
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Paris
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Nice is known for parks, museums, historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, get great views at Mt Boron, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nice journey planner.

San Francisco, USA to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Nice is 9 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in March, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Fort de la Revere, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Highlights from your plan
Place Massena ©
Place Massena

3
nights
Bonifacio, Corsica

Bonifacio ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bonifacio Citadel and Grottes de Bonifacio. Go for a jaunt from Bonifacio to Pianottoli-Caldarello to see Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Iles Lavezzi, look for gifts at A Bitiga, make a trip to Ancien Ermitage de la Trinite, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte Marie Majeure.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bonifacio road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Bonifacio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Nice in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bonifacio, with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Albi.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi
Highlights from your plan
Iles Lavezzi ©
Iles Lavezzi
Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel
Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio

4
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albi: Millau Viaduct (in Millau), Musee Soulages (in Rodez) and Carcassonne Center (Chateau Comtal & Carcassonne Medieval City). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, take in the views from Pont Valentre, get your game on at Karthors, and explore and take pictures at La Truffe en Perigord.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Albi trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Bonifacio to Albi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Carcassonne, Cahors, La Truffe en Perigord, Viaduc de Millau, Musee Soulages
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Pont Valentre ©
Pont Valentre
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

2
nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Clocher Observatoire, don't miss a visit to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, then make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Priorale Saint Pierre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): head outdoors with La Rochelle Croisiere Haka, explore the activities along Vieux Port, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Martin d'Esnandes.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle online journey planner .

Getting from Albi to La Rochelle by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. March in La Rochelle sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Saint Martin de Re, Phare des Baleines, Priorale Saint Pierre, Eglise Saint-Martin d'Esnandes
Highlights from your plan
La Rochelle Croisiere Haka ©
La Rochelle Croisiere Haka
Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re ©
Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re

4
nights
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sentier des douaniers and Pointe du Grouin. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Malo side-trips: Kito Sculptures (in Plouezec), Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h (in Perros-Guirec) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc du Thabor, kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, pause for some photo ops at Fort La Latte, and don't miss a visit to Centre Historique.

To find out how to plan a trip to Saint-Malo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from La Rochelle to Saint-Malo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Plevenon, Perros-Guirec, Pointe du Grouin, Kito Sculptures, Mont Saint-Michel
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Sentier des douaniers ©
Sentier des douaniers
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Notre Dame Cathedral and Pointe du Hoc. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Honfleur (Saint Catherine's Church & Le Vieux Bassin). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, examine the collection at Arromanches 360, take an in-depth tour of Memorial of Caen, and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Honfleur, Memorial de Caen, Pointe du Hoc, Airborne Museum, Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Vieux Bassin ©
Vieux Bassin

6
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Change things up 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, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris online journey planner .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. March in Paris sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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