31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour itinerary planner

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Nice
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Rouen
— 5 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Nice

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Les Petites Porcelaines (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris), Cannes (Les Murs Peints & Lérins Islands) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Villa Eilenroc, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Nice is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Nice is minus 2 hours. In July in Nice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Domaine Albin Jacumin & Chateau de la Gardine), Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Musee Granet, &more) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Marseille online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in July, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Domaine Preignes Le Vieux (in Vias) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip planner.

Drive from Marseille to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: La Compagnie des Terroirs (in Caen) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, make a trip to Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Bayeux in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Bayeux is little chillier than Carcassonne - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 19th (Mon), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then hike along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and then contemplate the long history of Mont Saint-Michel.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel online route planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Rouen

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Cimetiere Militaire de Saint Valery en Caux (in Saint-Valery-en-Caux), Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee de Mecanique Naturelle) and Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, make a trip to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens.

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Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Rouen by car takes about 3 hours. In July in Rouen, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paris online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Rouen in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.