31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route planner

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Paris
— 6 nights
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Giverny
— 1 night
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Etretat
— 1 night
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online day trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Calgary in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Giverny

— 1 night
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
On the 7th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, examine the collection at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle, and then get outside with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Giverny trip app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Giverny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Giverny, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Etretat.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Etretat

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, and then make a trip to Falaises d'Etretat.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Etretat vacation planning website.

You can drive from Giverny to Etretat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Etretat

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 9th (Wed), stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and then contemplate the long history of Mont Saint-Michel.

Plan my trip to Mont-Saint-Michel with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Etretat to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. June in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux visit planning app.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 3 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.
When in Carcassonne, make a side trip to see Grotte de Niaux in Niaux, approximately Niaux away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, don't miss a visit to Place Carnot, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and walk around Place Gambetta.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bayeux in June: high temperatures in Carcassonne hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence), Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon) and Trolib (in Cassis). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

Fly from Carcassonne to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Wine Tours Provence & Riviera (in Cogolin), Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Scuba & Snorkeling & Domaine Sainte Marie). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, take in nature's colorful creations at Kuentz le Monde des Cactus, appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and explore the gorgeous colors at Le Cap Lardier.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael journey maker website.

Getting from Marseille to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Wildlife

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: Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Eglise Notre-Dame de Peygros (in Tanneron) and Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, take a stroll through La Croisette, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

Plan my trip to Nice with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Saint-Raphael in June: highs in Nice hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.