31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner

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Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Bus to Geneva Bus Station, Train to Paris
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 6 nights
Fly

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Chamonix

— 3 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, head outdoors with Les Gorges de la Diosaz, hit the slopes at Brevent Cable Car, and identify plant and animal life at Aiguilles Rouges.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chamonix sightseeing planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Chamonix is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Chamonix due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, La Galerie des Batailles, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read Paris tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Chamonix to Paris takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In August in Paris, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
When in Bayeux, make a side trip to see Pegasus Memorial in Ranville, approximately Ranville away. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Dames, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip itinerary maker 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. August in Bayeux sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier), Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix) and Grotte de Rouffignac (in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and make a trip to Vieux Sarlat.

Start your trip to Sarlat-la-Caneda by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August, expect nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: River Rafting & Tubing (in Foix) and Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

You can plan Carcassonne trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carcassonne, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Chateau de Grimaud (in Grimaud), Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron) and Zipline (in Sainte-Maxime). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanque du Petit Caneiret, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Robinson, and make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael trip planning site.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Saint-Raphael in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. While traveling from Carcassonne, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint-Raphael, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Nice

— 6 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: Musee Fragonard (in Grasse) and Cannes (Monuments aux Morts, Le Suquet, &more). Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nice day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, expect nights in Nice to be somewhat warmer, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

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.