31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 3 nights
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 3 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
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Paris

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Île de la Cité. Get a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Orangerie, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Paris online day trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Paris is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Paris. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Istanbul in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Honfleur

— 3 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Cathedrale Notre-Dame are in your itinerary. Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Bayeux War Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honfleur: Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), Rue du Gros-Horloge (in Rouen) and Memorial de Caen (in Caen). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de Grace, explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Honfleur road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Honfleur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Paris in July: high temperatures in Honfleur hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer

— 3 nights
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Normandy American Cemetery and Airborne Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Pointe du Hoc and D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colleville-sur-Mer: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Omaha Beach, contemplate the long history of Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain, brush up on your military savvy at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, and take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colleville-sur-Mer visit planner.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Colleville-sur-Mer takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Colleville-sur-Mer are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Azay-le-Rideau

— 3 nights
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Villandry and Chateau de Langeais. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau and Chateau de Chenonceau. Step out of Azay-le-Rideau to go to Loches and see Chateau de Loches, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at La Forteresse de Montbazon and don't miss a visit to Château de l'Islette.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Azay-le-Rideau online trip planner.

Drive from Colleville-sur-Mer to Azay-le-Rideau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Azay-le-Rideau are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil, and then contemplate the long history of Château de Biron.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Azay-le-Rideau to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Chateau Comtal will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy & Les Jardins de la Berbie) and Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Cathedrale St-Etienne). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent, get to know the fascinating history of Place Carnot, and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne journey site.

Drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in July, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Avignon

— 3 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque and Roman Theatre of Orange. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), Site Archeologique de Glanum (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Eglise St-Trophime (in Arles). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Avignon online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Avignon are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Le Suquet and Lérins Islands. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nice road trip planner.

Drive from Avignon to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in July, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Calvi, Corsica

— 2 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Village abandonné d'Occi, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Galeria Marina, then don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola, and finally don't miss a visit to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Calvi road trip app.

Getting from Nice to Calvi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, and then steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bonifacio day trip planning tool.

Drive from Calvi to Bonifacio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Calvi in July, plan for little chillier nights in Bonifacio, with lows around 20°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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.