30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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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
— 5 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Etretat
— 2 nights
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Giverny
— 1 night
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Paris
— 6 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Toulouse (Musee des Augustins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more), Escape Game S Room Agency (in Montauban) and Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, don't miss a visit to Place Carnot, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne online trip maker.

Gothenburg, Sweden to Carcassonne is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gothenburg in June; daily highs in Carcassonne reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get a dose of the wild on Trolib, and take in the pleasant sights at Calanque de Port-Miou.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Marseille trip site.

Getting from Carcassonne to Marseille by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, get outside with Eco Gliss, kick back and relax at Plage de Gigaro, and indulge your senses at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael tour planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

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Nice

— 5 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: Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet) and La Croisette (in Cannes). Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in June, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 17:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Pointe du Grouin du Sud and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nice in June: high temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Bayeux is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, and appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:

Etretat

— 2 nights
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 22nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, then take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire de Saint Valery en Caux and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite).

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Etretat trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Etretat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. June in Etretat sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Etretat

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

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 24th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, then head outdoors with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, and then examine the collection at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Giverny trip planner.

Drive from Etretat to Giverny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June in Giverny, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 24:

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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris journey site.

Traveling by car from Giverny to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 30:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.