30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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30 days in France Itinerary

Start: Gladstone
Fly + Drive:  30 h
1
Rouen
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Honfleur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Cancale
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Caen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Giverny
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Paris
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Dijon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Lyon
— 1 night
Tram + Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Bordeaux
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
10
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
11
Pernes-les-Fontaines
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
12
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
13
Antibes
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
14
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
15
Villefranche-sur-Mer
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  35 h
End: Gladstone

1
night
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Veloroute du Lin, don't miss a visit to La maison sublime, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Saint-Sever.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rouen trip itinerary planning app .

Gladstone, Australia to Rouen is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Gladstone in April; daily highs in Rouen reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Honfleur.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Veloroute du Lin
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Veloroute du Lin ©
Veloroute du Lin
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

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nights
Honfleur

Honfleur ©
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Honfleur online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rouen to Honfleur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Honfleur can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. On the 29th (Wed), you're off toCancale.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Falaises d'Etretat
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat

1
night
Cancale

Cancale
Cancale is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in northwestern France. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): trek along Sentier des Douaniers, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, then get to know the fascinating history of Chemin de Ronde, and finally examine the collection at Musee des Amis des Bisquines et du Vieux Cancale.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cancale road trip planning tool .

Drive from Honfleur to Cancale in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Cancale can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Caen.

Things to do in Cancale

Historic Sites Parks Trails

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nights
Caen

Caen ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, and finally stroll the grounds of Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Caen tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Cancale to Caen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Caen, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Giverny.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bayeux, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery

2
nights
Giverny

Giverny ©
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art, Histoire Et Archeologie d'Evreux, get outside with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Peigne, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Instruments a Vent. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Chateau Gaillard, don't miss a visit to Maison du Temps Jadis, then examine the collection at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Giverny online holiday maker .

Getting from Caen to Giverny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Musee du Peigne, Musee d'Art, Histoire Et Archeologie d'Evreux, Musee des Instruments a Vent, Chateau Gaillard, Maison du Temps Jadis
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Musee de Mecanique Naturelle ©
Musee de Mecanique Naturelle

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally walk around Luxembourg Gardens. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner .

Take a train from Giverny to Paris in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Dijon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Dijon

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): examine the collection at Musee Magnin, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then walk along Owl's Trail, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dijon day trip planning app .

Take a train from Paris to Dijon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Dijon

Tours Museums Trails
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Musee Magnin ©
Musee Magnin
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon ©
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon

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night
Lyon

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 8th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, have some family-friendly fun at DreamAway Lyon, then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

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Drive from Dijon to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

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night
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Pey-Berland Tower, make a trip to Place Parlement, snap pictures at Pont de Pierre, then have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Bordeaux, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Simfactory.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip planner .

You can do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Fun & Games Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Virtual Room Bordeaux ©
Virtual Room Bordeaux
Pey-Berland Tower ©
Pey-Berland Tower
Place Parlement ©
Place Parlement

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nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
On the 10th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, then admire the masterpieces at La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco, and finally visit Cité de Carcassonne. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, learn about winemaking at Chateau Guery, then do a tasting at Chateau St Jacques d’Albas, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Canet.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planner .

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pernes-les-Fontaines.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Chateau St Jacques d’Albas ©
Chateau St Jacques d’Albas

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Pernes-les-Fontaines

Pernes-les-Fontaines
Pernes-les-Fontaines is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Pernes-les-Fontaines day trip tool .

Drive from Carcassonne to Pernes-les-Fontaines in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Pernes-les-Fontaines can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 12th (Tue), you're off toMarseille.

Things to do in Pernes-les-Fontaines

Outdoors Wineries Tours

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Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and then take a memorable drive along Calanque de Port-Miou.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Pernes-les-Fontaines to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Antibes.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calanque de Port-Miou, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Montagne Sainte Victoire
Highlights from your plan

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Antibes

Antibes ©
The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Galerie1414 and then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) and then head off the coast to Lérins Islands.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to Antibes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nice.

Things to do in Antibes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cannes, Massif de l'Esterel
Highlights from your plan
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Keep things going the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Place du General de Gaulle.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary planning app .

Nice is just a stone's throw from Antibes. In May, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer ©
Villefranche-sur-Mer is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the French Riviera.GeographyVillefranche-sur-Mer adjoins the city of Nice to the east along Mont Boron, Mont Alban and Mont Vinaigrier, and 10km south west of Monaco. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Villefranche-sur-Mer: Utelle (Église Saint Veran & La Madone d'Utelle). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs, head outdoors with La Pointe de Saint Hospice, and admire the masterpieces at Villa les Camelias.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Villefranche-sur-Mer vacation builder site .

Villefranche-sur-Mer is very close to Nice. In May, daytime highs in Villefranche-sur-Mer are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Cap d'Ail, Eze, Utelle, Moyenne Corniche
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Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Spas
Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike
Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike

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