31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Bus to Lyon, Fly to Caen
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Nice

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon), Les Jardins Bioves (in Menton) and Valbonne (Abbaye de Valbonne & L.A GALERIE. ADA LOUMANI). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, stay fit while traveling at Health/Fitness Clubs & Gyms, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Orthodoxe Saint Nicolas et Sainte Alexandra, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Nice is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Nice is minus 9 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in January: high temperatures in Nice hover around 15°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Saint-Tropez (La Maison des Papillons & Le musée de l’Annonciade) and Sainte-Maxime (Domaine des Beaucas & Kelys). And it doesn't end there: partake in some friendly competition at Total Xscape, stop by Catalan Bougie, stroll the grounds of Memorial des Guerres en Indochine, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Saint-Francois de Paule.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael road trip planning site.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in February, Saint-Raphael is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Marseille

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis (in Cassis), La Ciotat (Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde, Musee des Chantiers Naval, &more) and Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales (in Bandol). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get your game on at Virtual Room Toulon, explore the world behind art at La Maison du Cygne, and don't miss a visit to Cimetiere militaire franco-italien.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Marseille attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Marseille sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Marseille

Fun & Games · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 3 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chamonix Cemetery, head outdoors with Mountain Lifestyle, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Marseille to Chamonix in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Ferme Manoir du Champ Versant (in Bonnebosq), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Pointe du Grouin du Sud (in Vains). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey d’Ardenne, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and steep yourself in history at Maison de la Liberation.

Planning Bayeux trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chamonix to Bayeux in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Rouen

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Venture out of the city with trips to Plage Du Tilleul (in Le Tilleul), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Bicose (in Le Havre). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, don't miss a visit to Place Arthur Boudin, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Plage de Benerville sur Mer.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Rouen sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Paris

— 7 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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, take a stroll through Le Marais, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

Plan trip to Paris with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. February in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.