30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner

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Strasbourg
— 3 nights
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Beaune
— 2 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
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Arcachon
— 8 nights
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Chateau-Thebaud
— 12 nights
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Le Havre
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg

— 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
On the 2nd (Fri), stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden, explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then make a trip to Vieille Ville.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg online vacation builder.

Brussels, Belgium to Strasbourg is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in July: highs in Strasbourg hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to fly to Beaune.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Beaune

— 2 nights

Wine Capital of Burgundy

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale Notre Dame, then learn about winemaking at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, then examine the collection at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, and finally stop by Marche aux Vins. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parc de la Bouzaize, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune, then learn about winemaking at Patriarche Pere & Fils, and finally try some of the vintages at Chateau de Meursault.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Beaune trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Strasbourg to Beaune by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July in Beaune, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Beaune

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Clermont-Ferrand

— 2 nights

France's Liverpool

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Puy-de-Dome Volcano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at L'Aventure Michelin and then get in on the family fun at Vulcania.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Clermont-Ferrand trip planner.

You can drive from Beaune to Clermont-Ferrand in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Arcachon.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Arcachon

— 8 nights
A popular beach resort town on the Atlantic coast, Arcachon offers you fine, sandy beaches and a particularly mild climate said to be favorable to people suffering from pulmonary diseases.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arcachon: Biscarrosse (Biscarrosse Plage & Aqua Park), Jetee d'Andernos les Bains (in Andernos-les-Bains) and Lac de Cazaux (in La Teste-de-Buch). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at La Grande Dune du Pilat, explore the activities along Bassin d'Arcachon, head outdoors with Arcajet Marine, and admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint Ferdinand.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Arcachon trip planner.

You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Arcachon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Chateau-Thebaud.

Things to do in Arcachon

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Chateau-Thebaud

— 12 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Castle of Oudon - Loire Scene (in Oudon), Zoo La Boissiere du Dore (in La Boissiere du Dore) and Golf de l'Ile d'Or (in Oree d'Anjou).

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chateau-Thebaud trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Arcachon to Chateau-Thebaud takes 4 hours. In July in Chateau-Thebaud, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. You'll set off for Le Havre on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in Chateau-Thebaud

Wineries · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Le Havre

— 2 nights
Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Joseph. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Carre du Theatre de l'Hotel de Ville, get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, then take in the views from Pont de Normandie, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Le Havre driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Chateau-Thebaud to Le Havre in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Chateau-Thebaud in July, expect nights in Le Havre to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Le Havre

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.