31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Drive to Reims
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Reims
— 1 night
Drive
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Beaune
— 3 nights
Drive
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Orcieres
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne Center
— 3 nights
Drive
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Albi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Emilion
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amboise
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 4 nights
Drive to Nantes, Fly to Brisbane

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Reims

— 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Caverne du Dragon, then see the interesting displays at Fort de la Pompelle, then admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Tau, and finally see the interesting displays at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Porte de Mars, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, then make a trip to Cryptoportique, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jacques.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Reims attractions planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Reims is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Brisbane to Reims, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in May; daily highs in Reims reach 21°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Beaune.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Beaune

— 3 nights

Wine Capital of Burgundy

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Dalineum, pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale Notre Dame, see the interesting displays at Maison des Climats, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Debray, and finally do a tasting at Les Caves de l'Abbaye. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Musees du Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune, then examine the collection at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, then look for gifts at Athenaeum, and finally learn about winemaking at Cave des Hospices.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Beaune road trip planning site.

You can drive from Reims to Beaune in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Beaune, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Orcieres.

Things to do in Beaune

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Orcieres

— 3 nights
Orcières is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France. On the 15th (Fri), get outside with ecrins vol libre, explore the activities along Lac de Saint-Apollinaire, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Queyras National Park. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Ski Orcieres Merlette, explore the historical opulence of Citadelle Vauban, and then hike along Cirque de Morgon.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Orcieres journey builder website.

Getting from Beaune to Orcieres by car takes about 4.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Orcieres can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Orcieres

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center

— 3 nights
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Carcassonne Cathedral and Place Carnot. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palais des Archeveques and Eglise St. Vincent. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne Center: Olonzac Market (in Olonzac), Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret) and Musee des Dinosaures 'Dinosauria' (in Esperaza).

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center holiday tool.

You can drive from Orcieres to Carcassonne Center in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May in Carcassonne Center, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Albi

— 3 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Palais de la Berbie will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Musee de la Mode. Get out of town with these interesting Albi side-trips: Fort de Saint-Jean d'Alcas (in Saint-Jean d'Alcas), Castle of Montaigut (in Gissac) and Chateau de Brousse le Chateau (in Brousse-le-Chateau). The adventure continues: take in the views from Pont Vieux, wander the streets of Place du Vigan, walk around Park Rochegude, and see the interesting displays at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Albi tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Albi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion

— 3 nights

Gem of the Dordogne Valley

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Shop till you drop at Galerie d'Art Contemporain L'Orange Bleue and Artisans Createurs a St Emilion. Popular historic sites such as Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion and Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Emilion: Domaine de Malagar - Centre Francois Mauriac (in Saint-Maixant) and Chateau Belingard (in Pomport). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Chateau Laniote, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret, and indulge your taste buds at Chateau Panet - Vignobles Carles.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Saint-Emilion trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Albi to Saint-Emilion takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Saint-Emilion can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Amboise.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Amboise

— 3 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eglise Saint-Denis and La Pagode de Chanteloup et son parc. Let the collections at Eglise Saint-Florentin and Musee automobile MATRA capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Amboise side-trips: Chateau de Loches (in Loches), Reserve Zoologique de la Haute-Touche (in Azay-le-Ferron) and Abbaye de la Trinite (in Vendome). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Plou Et Fils and sample the tasty concoctions at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Amboise trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Emilion to Amboise takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Amboise can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Baron Gerard and Normandie Savoir-Faire. Popular historic sites such as Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Cementerio Militar Jerusalem De La Commonwealth are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Basilique Notre-Dame d'Alencon (in Alencon), Eglise Saint-Pierre (in Caen) and Cimetières Militaires (in Ranville). There's much more to do: take in the history at Maisy Battery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, see the interesting displays at Lace Conservatory in Hotel du Doyen (Dentelle de Bayeux), and admire the striking features of Chateau of Carrouges.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux online travel route planner.

You can drive from Amboise to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 4 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Popular historic sites such as Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel and Musee Jacques Cartier are in your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Plage de la Comtesse and Plage de Bon-Secours. Explore Saint-Malo's surroundings by going to Eglise Saint-Sulpice de Fougeres (in Fougeres), Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes (in Huisnes sur Mer) and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James). The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Pointe du Roc, take some stellar pictures from Cabane Vauban, stop by Epices Roellinger, and kick back and relax at Longchamps Beach.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo day trip app.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · 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.