31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip maker

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Fly
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cassis
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Geneva, Fly to Caen
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Nice

— 5 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.
Attractions like Marineland and Rue d'Antibes make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Plage Mace (in Cannes), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, make a trip to Place Massena, head outdoors with Baou de la Gaude, and wander the streets of Vieille Ville.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice online travel route planner.

Durham, USA to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Durham to Nice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Durham in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Nice, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kids will appreciate attractions like TakSea and Les Gorges du Verdon. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon), Plage le Magellan (in Theoule sur Mer) and Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens). There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), get outside with Jets'Cool, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Chateau, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sylvabelle.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael day trip planning website.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 66°F in Saint-Raphael. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cassis.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cassis

— 5 nights
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Kids will enjoy Trolib and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore Cassis' surroundings by going to La Londe Les Maures (Plage du Pellegrin, Plage de L'Argentiere, &more), Plage de Jean Blanc (in Le Lavandou) and Plage de la Coudouliere (in Six-Fours-les-Plages). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, cruise along Calanque de Port-Miou, head outdoors with Route des Cretes, and stroll through Plage de l’Arene.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cassis tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Cassis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Cassis can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · 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.
Attractions like Cité de Carcassonne and Lac de la Cavayere make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: VeloMondo (in Leran), Terre Liquide (in Mons) and Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux). The adventure continues: Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Le Parc Australien.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne online trip maker.

Getting from Cassis to Carcassonne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud. On the next day, head outdoors with a canoë raid, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac, and then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Carcassonne in July since evenings lows in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Parasailing & Paragliding and Aiguille du Midi. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons, get outside with Les Gorges de la Diosaz, hit the slopes at Vallee Blanche, and explore the activities along Lac Blanc.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chamonix trip maker site.

You can drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Chamonix in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Colleville-sur-Mer

— 1 night
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. On the 26th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, then appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Colleville-sur-Mer travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Colleville-sur-Mer by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Colleville-sur-Mer can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paris

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris online day trip planner.

Getting from Colleville-sur-Mer to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Colleville-sur-Mer in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

France travel guide

4.3
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.