31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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31 days in France Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly + Drive:  25 h
1
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Perros-Guirec
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
La Rochelle
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Albi
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Marseille
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Des Moines

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, take in the history at Omaha Beach, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, and examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bayeux day trip planning site .

Des Moines, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Des Moines in July, expect Bayeux to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Memorial de Caen
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Remains Mulberry Harbour ©
Remains Mulberry Harbour
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

4
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles and Saint Corentin Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perros-Guirec: Parc du Thabor (in Rennes), Ile de Batz (in Roscoff) and Ville Close de Concarneau (in Concarneau). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des douaniers, and don't miss a visit to Place du Martray.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Perros-Guirec trip planning website .

You can drive from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Bayeux, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Perros-Guirec, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ville Close de Concarneau, Parc du Thabor, Ile de Batz, Place du Martray, Pointe du Grouin
Highlights from your plan
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles ©
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles
Saint Corentin Cathedral ©
Saint Corentin Cathedral
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h

4
nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Grand Defi and Le phare de chassiron. Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: L'Ouvre Boites (in Le Bois-Plage-en-Re), Phare des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines) and Saint Martin de Re (Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re & Clocher Observatoire). Spend the 27th (Mon) in the animal kingdom at La Vallee des Singes. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre, and contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Rochelle journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Perros-Guirec to La Rochelle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Perros-Guirec in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in La Rochelle, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Saint Martin de Re, L'Ouvre Boites, Le phare de chassiron, La Vallee des Singes, Eglise Saint-Pierre
Highlights from your plan
Le Grand Defi ©
Le Grand Defi
Le phare de chassiron ©
Le phare de chassiron
Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re ©
Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re

4
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Les Jardins d'Eau and La Foret des Singes. Venture out of the city with trips to Chocolaterie Lamy (in Brive-la-Gaillarde), Rocamadour (Ferme La Borie D'Imbert & Cite Religieuse) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Commarque, make a trip to Vieux Sarlat, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, and take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

For more things to do, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip planning app .

Getting from La Rochelle to Sarlat-la-Caneda by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from La Rochelle in July, expect nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 84°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocamadour, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Chocolaterie Lamy, Chateau de Commarque, Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques
Highlights from your plan
Les Jardins d'Eau ©
Les Jardins d'Eau
Chateau de Commarque ©
Chateau de Commarque

3
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Explore hidden gems such as Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy and Les Jardins de la Berbie. Venture out of the city with trips to Forteresse de Najac (in Najac), Rodez (Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez & Musee Soulages) and Viaduc de Millau (in Millau). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie, take a stroll through Place du Vigan, explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Albi holiday site .

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Albi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. July in Albi sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rodez, Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie, Forteresse de Najac, Viaduc de Millau
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Les Jardins de la Berbie ©
Les Jardins de la Berbie

3
nights
Bonifacio, Corsica

At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grottes de Bonifacio and Off-Road Tours. When in Bonifacio, make a side trip to see Menhirs Paddaghhu in Sartene, approximately Sartene away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bonifacio online trip builder .

Getting from Albi to Bonifacio by combination of train and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Albi in August, you will find days in Bonifacio are a bit warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Calvi.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plage De Roccapina, Menhirs Paddaghhu
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio

3
nights
Calvi, Corsica

Calvi ©
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Explore hidden gems such as Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra and Off-Road Tours. Step out of Calvi with an excursion to Marche Couvert in Ile Rousse--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Calvi holiday planner.

You can drive from Bonifacio to Calvi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bonifacio in August since evenings lows in Calvi dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Corsica, Marche Couvert
Highlights from your plan
Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra ©
Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature Reserve of Scandola ©
Nature Reserve of Scandola

5
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
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 hidden gems such as Lac De Sainte Croix and Abbaye Saint Victor. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac (in Orgnac-l'Aven) and Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the Marseille road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Calvi to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Marseille, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cours Mirabeau, Le Sentier des Ocres, Calanques, Lac De Sainte Croix, Jardins de la Fontaine
Highlights from your plan
Lac De Sainte Croix ©
Lac De Sainte Croix
Abbaye Saint Victor ©
Abbaye Saint Victor
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac

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