31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday maker

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Paris
— 6 nights
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Reims
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
Drive
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Hall of Mirrors). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Reims

— 2 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
On the 7th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Caverne du Dragon, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Surrender, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Musee Guerre et Paix en Ardennes.

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You can take a train from Paris to Reims in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in July, plan for little chillier nights in Reims, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Reims

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fondation Claude Monet and Abbatiale Saint-Ouen. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Palais de Justice. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, admire the striking features of St. Maclou's Church, and examine the collection at Historial Jeanne d’Arc.

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Traveling by car from Reims to Rouen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Reims in July: highs in Rouen hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.
Get some historical perspective at Normandy American Cemetery and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Get some cultural insight at Omaha Beach and Musee du debarquement. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

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Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bayeux are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Maison de la Chevalerie- La Cite, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and then see the interesting displays at Musee de L'Inquisition. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally examine the collection at Musee Petiet.

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You can fly from Bayeux to Carcassonne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, Carcassonne is somewhat warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Avignon

— 4 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Get some cultural insight at Palais des Papes and Carrieres des Lumieres. Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers) will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and La Maison Carree (in Nimes). Dedicate the 19th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon and admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon.

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You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Visit Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Cathédrale La Major for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Musee Granet and Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aix-en-Provence: Calanques (in Cassis) and Marseille (Le Vieux Port & The Panier). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles.

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You can drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Castel Plage and Coco Beach. Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Massena Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & Le Suquet) and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nice trip planning site.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Aix-en-Provence in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Nice, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

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.