30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
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Tours
— 3 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
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Albi
— 1 night
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Zonza, Corsica
— 1 night
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Luxembourg Palace and The Hall of Mirrors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -11 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in September, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bayeux War Cemetery and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel & Mont Saint-Michel) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Perros-Guirec

— 1 night

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Cote de Granit Rose, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, then stroll through Sentier des douaniers, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Perros-Guirec trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tours

— 3 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Villandry and Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tours: Chateau Royal de Blois (in Blois) and Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, step into the grandiose world of Château de l'Islette, steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tours trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Tours in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Tours are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 3 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vieux Sarlat and The Maison Forte de Reignac. Step out of Sarlat-la-Caneda with an excursion to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques in Peyzac-le-Moustier--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Font de Gaume, stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner.

Drive from Tours to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tours in September, expect nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 23rd (Sat), make a trip to Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, take in the views from Pont Vieux, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

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Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Albi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Albi, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly to Nice.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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 the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Musée Marc Chagall. Step out of Nice with an excursion to Azur Wine Tours in Vence--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice sightseeing planner.

Fly from Albi to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Albi in September since evenings lows in Nice dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to fly to Calvi.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Calvi, Corsica

— 2 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste, then make a trip to Phare de la Pietra, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola, then don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Galeria Marina.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Calvi online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Calvi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zonza.

Things to do in Calvi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Zonza, Corsica

— 1 night
Zonza is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica.GeographyZonza is located in the mountain chain of Barocagio-Marghese which extends to the south of the Incudine massif. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Piscines Naturelles de Cavu, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles), and then admire the sheer force of Cascade de Piscia.

To find maps and other tourist information, you can read our Zonza vacation planner.

You can drive from Calvi to Zonza in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Zonza sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Zonza

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 4 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bonifacio Citadel and Plage De Roccapina. Take a break from Bonifacio with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Propriano, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), take a leisurely stroll along Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Zonza to Bonifacio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bonifacio can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

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.