29 days in France Itinerary

29 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Arles
— 2 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Saumur
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Le Suquet and La Croisette are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Les Murs Peints (in Cannes) and Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and get a taste of the local shopping with Avenue Jean Medecin.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip maker website.

Valletta, Malta to Nice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Valletta in June, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then steep yourself in history at Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Arles vacation site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in June, you will find days in Arles are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 4 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. Take a break from the city and head to Caverne du Pont-d'Arc and Kayaking & Canoeing. Museum-lovers will get to explore Cite du Chocolat Valrhona and Maison de la Lavande - Domaine Lavandais. Change things up with these side-trips from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte), Grotte de la Salamandre (in Mejannes-le-Clap) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Ventoux, and let your taste buds guide you at Domaine Alain Dumarcher.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Cathar Castles. Appreciate the collections at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Musee De L'ecole. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more), Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy & Les Jardins de la Berbie) and Narbonne (Les Halles de Narbonne & Abbaye de Fontfroide). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Saumur.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Musee des Blindes and Chateau de Villandry are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier and Bioparc de Doue-la-Fontaine. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Brissac (in Brissac-Quince), La Chevallerie - Gaetan BRUNEAU wines (in Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at Le Cadre Noir, admire the striking features of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Breze.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Saumur day trip planner.

Fly from Carcassonne to Saumur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in June, expect Saumur to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee du debarquement. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Omaha Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux trip builder tool.

You can drive from Saumur to Bayeux in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In June, daytime highs in Bayeux are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Musee de l'Orangerie. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Versailles (L'Orangerie, The Royal Chapel, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, make a trip to Champs-Elysees, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paris journey planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.