30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Etretat
— 1 night
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Giverny
— 1 night
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Paris
— 7 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet), Azur Wine Tours (in Vence) and La Croisette (in Cannes). Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Nice itinerary maker.

Gdansk, Poland to Nice is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Gdansk in June, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Scuba & Snorkeling & Domaine Sainte Marie) and Wine Tours Provence & Riviera (in Cogolin). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, explore the gorgeous colors at Le Cap Lardier, admire the natural beauty at Kuentz le Monde des Cactus, and get outside with Cap du Dramont.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nice in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Saint-Raphael: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Trolib (in Cassis), Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.
Step out of Carcassonne to go to Niaux and see Grotte de Niaux, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, get to know the fascinating history of Place Carnot, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre) and Vieux Bassin (in Honfleur). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in June, things will get little chillier in Bayeux: highs are around 24°C and lows about 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 21st (Mon), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, take a memorable tour with Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and then contemplate the long history of Mont Saint-Michel.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Etretat

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 22nd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), then make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, and then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Etretat trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Etretat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Etretat

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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).
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, examine the collection at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle, and then get outside with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Giverny itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Etretat to Giverny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Giverny can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Paris

— 7 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 out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (L'Orangerie, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, take a stroll through Montmartre, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Giverny to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Paris are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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.