31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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31 days in France Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  29 h
1
Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Albi
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  6 h 45 min
4
Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Honfleur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Amiens
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  27 h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Eglise St-Trophime. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Site Archeologique de Glanum and Mines de Bruoux. Venture out of the city with trips to Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Chateau de Grignan, step into the grandiose world of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and trek along Le Sentier des Ocres.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Aix-en-Provence trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Aix-en-Provence is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Sydney to Aix-en-Provence, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In May in Aix-en-Provence, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arles, Gordes, Cathédrale La Major, Roman Theatre of Orange, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
Highlights from your plan
Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Chateau de Grignan ©
Chateau de Grignan

4
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Chateau de Queribus. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Château de Salses and Chateau de Peyrepertuse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Basilique Saint-Sernin (in Toulouse), Narbonne (Abbaye de Fontfroide & Cathedrale St-Just) and Chateau Royale de Collioure (in Collioure). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Julien et Sainte Basilisse, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and make a trip to Cathedrale St-Jean.

For photos and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip planner .

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May, you will find days in Carcassonne are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Narbonne, Chateau de Queribus, Cathedrale St-Jean, Chateau de Peyrepertuse, Eglise Saint Julien et Sainte Basilisse
Highlights from your plan
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire
Chateau de Queribus ©
Chateau de Queribus
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

4
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Soulages and Pont Vieux. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Grotte du Pech-Merle. Change things up with these side-trips from Albi: Musee des Moeurs et Coutumes (in Espalion), Eglise Saint-Pardulphe (in Saint-Perdoux) and Viaduc de Millau (in Millau). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Abbatiale Sainte-Foy, make a trip to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez, examine the collection at Musee Denys-Puech, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Albi sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Carcassonne to Albi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Albi are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rodez, Grotte du Pech-Merle, Eglise Saint-Pardulphe, Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie, Eglise Abbatiale Sainte-Foy
Highlights from your plan
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec
Eglise Abbatiale Sainte-Foy ©
Eglise Abbatiale Sainte-Foy
Grotte du Pech-Merle ©
Grotte du Pech-Merle

3
nights
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Fort La Latte and Chateau de Fougeres will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plage du Sillon and Les Remparts de Dinan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Malo: Cap Fréhel (in Saint-Brieuc) and Musee Christian Dior (in Granville). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Dinan, and contemplate the long history of Menhir du Champ Dolent.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Saint-Malo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Albi to Saint-Malo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albi in May, expect nights in Saint-Malo to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dinan, Plevenon, Promenade du Clair de Lune, Musee Christian Dior, Pointe du Grouin
Highlights from your plan
Promenade du Clair de Lune
Promenade du Clair de Lune
Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin
Cap Fréhel ©
Cap Fréhel

2
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
On the 18th (Mon), enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des douaniers, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-du-Baly, and finally step into the grandiose world of chateau de Kergrist. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Cairn of Barnenez, then don't miss a visit to La Vallee des Saints, and then contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Beauport.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Perros-Guirec driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Perros-Guirec in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Abbaye de Beauport, Eglise Saint-Jean-du-Baly, La Vallee des Saints, Cairn of Barnenez, chateau de Kergrist
Highlights from your plan
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h
Abbaye de Beauport ©
Abbaye de Beauport
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles ©
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles

2
nights
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer ©
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the history at Omaha Beach, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, then see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, and finally contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer attractions app .

Traveling by car from Perros-Guirec to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Honfleur.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux, Arromanches-les-Bains, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Airborne Museum
Highlights from your plan
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

3
nights
Honfleur

Honfleur
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Visit Palais Benedictine and Pegasus Memorial for their historical value. Abbaye de Jumieges and Rue du Gros-Horloge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Honfleur side-trips: Rouen (Historial Jeanne d’Arc & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen) and Memorial de Caen (in Caen). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, stroll through Deauville Beach, and make a trip to Vieux Bassin.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Honfleur trip planner .

You can drive from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Honfleur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In May in Honfleur, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Rouen, Deauville Beach, Pegasus Memorial, Abbaye de Jumieges, Memorial de Caen
Highlights from your plan
Abbaye de Jumieges
Abbaye de Jumieges
Pegasus Memorial ©
Pegasus Memorial
Palais Benedictine ©
Palais Benedictine

6
nights
Amiens

Amiens ©
Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Pierrefonds and Carriere Wellington. Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amiens: Parc du Marquenterre (in Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont), Lochnagar Crater (in Ovillers-la-Boisselle) and Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie (in Berck). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee Somme 1916, enjoy the sand and surf at Le Touquet Beach, get engrossed in the history at Centre historique minier - Musee de la Mine, and brush up on your military savvy at La Coupole.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Amiens trip app .

Drive from Honfleur to Amiens in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Amiens can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Amiens

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lochnagar Crater, Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Musee Somme 1916, Le Touquet Beach, La Coupole
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Pierrefonds ©
Chateau de Pierrefonds
Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial ©

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