30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Giverny
— 1 night
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Etretat
— 1 night
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (L'Orangerie, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris holiday planning app.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Paris. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Giverny

— 1 night
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 7th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Fondation Claude Monet, see the interesting displays at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle, and then get outside with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Giverny online trip builder.

Drive from Paris to Giverny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Giverny, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Etretat

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, and then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat.

Before you visit Etretat, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Giverny to Etretat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Etretat

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 9th (Wed), hike along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel and then ride a horse along Poney Club de Combourg. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then get interesting insight from Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel day trip planner.

You can drive from Etretat to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. June in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 5 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: Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain), Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, and examine the collection at Musee du debarquement.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux travel planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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. Next up on the itinerary: visit Cité de Carcassonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent, make a trip to La Porte D'aude, and steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Bayeux to Carcassonne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, Carcassonne is a bit warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence), Trolib (in Cassis) and Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Marseille in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Marseille are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Wine Tours Provence & Riviera (in Cogolin), Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Scuba & Snorkeling & Domaine Sainte Marie). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Maxime, stop by Catalan Bougie, and get outside with Cap Taillat.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nice

— 5 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 find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Be Free To Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet) and Azur Wine Tours (in Vence). Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planning site.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in June, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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.