31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Rouen
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Marseille

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Trolib (in Cassis), Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Marseille trip simple and quick.

Chandigarh, India to Marseille is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Nice

— 7 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: Les Petites Porcelaines (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris), Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron). Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and savor the flavors at Azur Wine Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nice day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Marseille, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

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.
Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Montpellier (Cathedrale St-Pierre & Musee Fabre). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, and meet the residents at Le Parc Australien.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planning tool.

Drive from Nice to Carcassonne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Nice in July, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Step out of Bayeux with an excursion to Cimetières Militaires in Ranville--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux road trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Bayeux by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Carcassonne in July; daily highs in Bayeux reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, hike along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Rouen

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Amiens (Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Honfleur (Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, Galerie Jean Fontan, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Du Tilleul, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and get great views at Falaises d'Etretat.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Rouen takes 3 hours. In July in Rouen, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Paris trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Rouen in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.