31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paris
— 6 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Paris

— 6 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 (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and shop like a local with Le Marais.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris road trip planning tool.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Paris is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Paris is 4 hours. When traveling from Buenos Aires in July, plan for much hotter days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 8th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and then brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Paris in July, things will get little chillier in Bayeux: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · 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 10th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary maker website.

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. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes). Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: visit Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

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You can fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in July, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Galerie Regard (in Sainte-Maxime) and Chocolats et Gourmandises (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, learn about all things military at Memorial des Guerres en Indochine, enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Maubois, and trek along Les Balcons du Cap Roux.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in July, Saint-Raphael is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 4 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: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, explore the activities along Lac Blanc, take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, and take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chamonix trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Chamonix takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix), Grotte de Rouffignac (in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac) and Aquarium du Perigord Noir (in Le Bugue). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, make a trip to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda tour planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip planning website.

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 July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carcassonne, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.