30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Lille
— 2 nights
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Calais
— 2 nights
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Nantes
— 4 nights
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Lille

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): make a trip to Villa Cavrois, then examine the collection at Musee La Piscine, then admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, and finally wander the streets of Vieux-Lille. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Carriere Wellington, then examine the collection at Musée du Louvre-Lens, and then get engrossed in the history at Centre Historique Mnier.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lille route planner.

Vaxjo, Sweden to Lille is an approximately 14-hour car ride. You can also fly. April in Lille sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Calais.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

2
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Calais

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique, then kick back and relax at Calais Beach, and then look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer, learn about all things military at La Coupole, and then examine the collection at Blockhaus d'Eperlecques.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Calais online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Lille to Calais in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Calais

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

2
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Rouen

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 6th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge, shop like a local with Rue du Gros-Horloge, examine the collection at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Galerie Laurent Leblanc, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and then make a trip to Vieux Bassin.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip planner.

Drive from Calais to Rouen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

4
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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Visit Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Omaha Beach for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Juno Beach Centre and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Musee Memorial de Bloody Gulch (in Meautis), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux road trip site.

Getting from Rouen to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Bayeux are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

4
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Nantes

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul. Popular historic sites such as Chateau d'Angers ouvert and Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais), Association Hermione-La Fayette (in Rochefort) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Passage Pommeraye, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, and explore the world behind art at Chateau de Brissac.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nantes travel tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daytime highs in Nantes are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

3
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Toulouse

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale St-Etienne and Quai de la Daurade are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Fondation Bemberg and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Change things up with these side-trips from Toulouse: Albi (Les Jardins de la Berbie, Pont Vieux, &more). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Pont Neuf, ponder the world of politics at Theatre du Capitole, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, and contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Toulouse day trip planner.

You can fly from Nantes to Toulouse in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trips

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Carcassonne

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.
On the 19th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Arles

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eglise St-Trophime and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole. Get a sense of the local culture at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) and Site Archeologique de Glanum. Venture out of the city with trips to Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour, admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, and explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Arles road trip planning app.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Arles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Arles sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

3
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Nice

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Villa Kerylos. Get some historical perspective at Haut de Cagnes and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Le Suquet (in Cannes), Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip planning site.

You can drive from Arles to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Nice sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

5
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Lyon

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Head to Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran and Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocusefor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Palais de l'Ile and Fresque des Lyonnais. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Chateau de Grignan (in Grignan). There's lots more to do: stroll around Le Jardin d'Eden, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, make a trip to La Vieille Ville, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon online itinerary planner.

Getting from Nice to Lyon by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lyon, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · 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.