30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Lille
— 2 nights
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Calais
— 2 nights
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Nantes
— 4 nights
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights

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Lille

Lille ©

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): make a trip to Villa Cavrois, then examine the collection at Musee La Piscine, then admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, and finally wander the streets of Vieux-Lille. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Carriere Wellington, then examine the collection at Musée du Louvre-Lens, and then get engrossed in the history at Centre Historique Mnier.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lille route planner.

Vaxjo, Sweden to Lille is an approximately 14-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. April in Lille sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Calais.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Musee La Piscine ©
Musee La Piscine
Centre Historique Mnier ©
Centre Historique Mnier
Musée du Louvre-Lens ©
Musée du Louvre-Lens

2
nights
Calais

Calais ©

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique, then kick back and relax at Calais Beach, and then look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer, learn about all things military at La Coupole, and then examine the collection at Blockhaus d'Eperlecques.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Calais online trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Lille to Calais in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Calais

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Calais Wine Superstore ©
Calais Wine Superstore
Blockhaus d'Eperlecques ©
Blockhaus d'Eperlecques
Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique ©
Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique

2
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 6th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge, shop like a local with Rue du Gros-Horloge, examine the collection at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Galerie Laurent Leblanc, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and then make a trip to Vieux Bassin.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip planner.

Drive from Calais to Rouen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Historial Jeanne d’Arc ©
Historial Jeanne d’Arc
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge
Gros-Horloge ©
Gros-Horloge

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Visit Pointe du Hoc and Bayeux War Cemetery for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Musee Memorial de Bloody Gulch (in Meautis). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Juno Beach Centre, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, and contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Bayeux sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc
Airborne Museum ©
Airborne Museum

4
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Nantes

Nantes ©

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau d'Angers ouvert and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul. Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Brissac and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais) and Rochefort (Association Hermione-La Fayette & Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Passage Pommeraye, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nantes vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Nantes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daytime highs in Nantes are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul ©
Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul
Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois ©
Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois
Chateau de Brissac ©
Chateau de Brissac

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Toulouse

Toulouse ©

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Popular historic sites such as Couvent des Jacobins and Church of Les Jacobins are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Fondation Bemberg and Aeroscopia. Change things up with these side-trips from Toulouse: Albi (Les Jardins de la Berbie, Pont Vieux, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, get to know the fascinating history of Quai de la Daurade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Etienne, and take in the views from Pont Neuf.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Toulouse online vacation planner.

Getting from Nantes to Toulouse by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec
Aeroscopia ©
Aeroscopia
Couvent des Jacobins ©
Couvent des Jacobins

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©

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.
On the 19th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Chateaux de Lastours ©
Chateaux de Lastours
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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Arles

Arles ©

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau des Baux de Provence and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Abbaye de Montmajour. Venture out of the city with trips to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée), Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Site Archeologique de Glanum & Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole) and Nimes (Tour Magne & Jardins de la Fontaine). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime and delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Arles online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Arles are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes ©
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes
Musee Departemental Arles Antique ©
Musee Departemental Arles Antique
Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum

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Nice

Nice ©

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Get some historical perspective at La cité médiévale and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Le Suquet (in Cannes). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos, step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nice online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Nice are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Tourrettes-sur-Loup ©
Tourrettes-sur-Loup

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Lyon

Lyon ©

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Théâtre gallo-romain and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Cite du Chocolat Valrhona and Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Chateau de Grignan (in Grignan), Le Jardin d'Eden (in Tournon-sur-Rhone) and Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, make a trip to Fresque des Lyonnais, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon online itinerary planner.

Getting from Nice to Lyon by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lyon, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Grignan ©
Chateau de Grignan
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain
Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran ©
Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran

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