28 days in France Itinerary

28 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner

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Paris
— 9 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Bastia
— 7 nights
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Calvi
— 4 nights
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Paris
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Paris

— 9 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: Le Jardin de Versailles (in Versailles), Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee de Mecanique Naturelle) and Golf du Tremblay sur Mauldre (in Le Tremblay-sur-Mauldre). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planning tool.

Durham, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In May, Paris is slightly colder than Durham - with highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 8:

Lyon

— 6 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Beaune (La Cave de l'Ange Gardien & Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Lake Annecy (in Annecy). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planning tool.

Fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Lyon are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bastia.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 14:

Bastia

— 7 nights
Bastia is a French commune in the Haute-Corse department of France located in the north-east of the island of Corsica at the base of Cap Corse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bastia: Corte (L'Arche de Corte & Fontaine de la rampe Sainte Croix), Cervione (Chapelle Santa Cristina & Musee Anton Dumenicu Monti) and Canari (Clocher-Phare de Canari & Conservatoire du Costume du Cap Corse). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Michel de Murato, explore by horseback at Caval en Liberte, stop by Poterie du Nebbio, and wander the wide-open spaces of Ranch U Tragulinu.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bastia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Bastia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. June in Bastia sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Calvi.

Things to do in Bastia

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 21:

Calvi

— 4 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. Explore Calvi's surroundings by going to Calanques de Piana (in Piana), Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Porto) and Dans les Yeux de Lucie (in Feliceto). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Reserve of Scandola, make a trip to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste, and hike along Sentier du Facteur.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Calvi travel route website.

Drive from Bastia to Calvi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Calvi can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Calvi

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 25:

Paris

— 1 night

City of Light

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paris itinerary planner.

Fly from Calvi to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Calvi in June: high temperatures in Paris hover around 74°F and lows are around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 26:

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.