31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Rouen

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the striking features of Palais de Justice, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, examine the collection at Fondation Claude Monet, and then see the interesting displays at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rouen trip itinerary planning tool.

Manila, Philippines to Rouen is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Manila to Rouen, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in September, things will get cooler in Rouen: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience (in Pont-L'Eveque) and Honfleur (Vieux Bassin & Saint Catherine's Catholic Church). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bayeux are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel and then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

Fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in October, with highs in Nice at 24°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron), Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens (in Hyeres) and Decouverte du Vivant (in Sanary-sur-Mer). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, stroll through Les Balcons du Cap Roux, and indulge your senses at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Saint-Raphael using our trip planner.

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. In October in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Avignon

— 4 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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence), Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde (in Marseille) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, cruise along Route des Cretes, contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Avignon online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. October in Avignon sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux) and Basilique Saint-Sernin (in Toulouse). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne travel planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Paris

— 6 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Carcassonne in October, plan for slightly colder days in Paris, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.