31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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31 days in France Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Reims
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Beaune
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Orcieres
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Carcassonne Center
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Albi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Saint-Emilion
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Amboise
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Saint-Malo
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  37​h
End: Brisbane

1
night
Reims

Reims ©
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 examine the collection 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Porte de Mars, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, then don't miss a visit to Cryptoportique, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jacques.

Make your Reims itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Brisbane, Australia to Reims is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Reims is minus 9 hours. In May, Reims is slightly colder than Brisbane - with highs of 21°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Beaune.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Caverne du Dragon
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Caverne du Dragon ©
Caverne du Dragon
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
Palais du Tau ©
Palais du Tau

3
nights
Beaune

Beaune ©
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): admire the masterpieces at Dalineum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Beaune, see the interesting displays at Maison des Climats, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Debray, and finally learn about winemaking at Les Caves de l'Abbaye. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musees du Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune, see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, then stop by Athenaeum, and finally do a tasting at Cave des Hospices.

To find out how to plan a trip to Beaune, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Reims to Beaune takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Beaune sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Orcieres.

Things to do in Beaune

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Maison aux Mille Truffes by l'Or des Valois
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
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3
nights
Orcieres

Orcieres ©
Orcières is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): head outdoors with ecrins vol libre, then explore the activities along Lac de Saint-Apollinaire, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Queyras National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Ski Orcieres Merlette, then step into the grandiose world of Citadelle Vauban, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cirque de Morgon.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Orcieres travel route planner.

Drive from Beaune to Orcieres in 4.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Orcieres are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Orcieres

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lac de Saint-Apollinaire, Queyras National Park, Citadelle Vauban, Cirque de Morgon
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Cirque de Morgon ©
Cirque de Morgon
Citadelle Vauban ©
Citadelle Vauban
Ski Orcieres Merlette ©
Ski Orcieres Merlette

3
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Museum-lovers will appreciate Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses and Musee des Dinosaures 'Dinosauria'. Get a sense of the local culture at Palais des Archeveques and Abbey of Saint-Hilaire. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne Center: Etang Du Doul Et De La Saline (in Peyriac-de-Mer), Le Trouve Tout Du Livre (in Le Somail) and Olonzac Market (in Olonzac).

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne Center trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Orcieres to Carcassonne Center in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Olonzac Market, Palais des Archeveques, Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, Musee des Dinosaures 'Dinosauria'
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
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Carcassonne Cathedral ©
Carcassonne Cathedral
Palais des Archeveques ©
Palais des Archeveques
Abbey of Saint-Hilaire ©
Abbey of Saint-Hilaire

3
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee de la Mode and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Fort Saint-Jean d'Alcas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albi: Castle of Montaigut (in Gissac) and Chateau de Brousse le Chateau (in Brousse-le-Chateau). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Pont Vieux, make a trip to Place du Vigan, explore the world behind art at Centre d'art Le LAIT, and go for a walk through Le Quartier Du Castelviel.

Make your Albi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Albi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Albi can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Brousse le Chateau, Fort Saint-Jean d'Alcas, Castle of Montaigut
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
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Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec
Castle of Montaigut ©
Castle of Montaigut
Fort Saint-Jean d'Alcas ©
Fort Saint-Jean d'Alcas

3
nights
Saint-Emilion

Saint-Emilion ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion and Chateau Laniote. Head to Artisans Createurs a St Emilion and Galerie d'Art Contemporain L'Orange Bleuefor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Emilion: Domaine de Malagar - Centre Francois Mauriac (in Saint-Maixant) and Chateau Belingard (in Pomport). The adventure continues: make a trip to Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, do a tasting at Clos La Madeleine, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret, and indulge your taste buds at Vignobles Carles.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Saint-Emilion sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Albi to Saint-Emilion takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Saint-Emilion sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Domaine de Malagar - Centre Francois Mauriac, Chateau Belingard, Vignobles Carles
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
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Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion ©
Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion ©
Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion
Chateau Laniote ©
Chateau Laniote

3
nights
Amboise

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Loches and Musee automobile MATRA. Step off the beaten path and head to Reserve Zoologique de la Haute-Touche and La Pagode de Chanteloup et son parc. Change things up with a short trip to Abbaye de la Trinite in Vendome (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Eglise Saint-Florentin, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Denis, sample the tasty concoctions at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise, and learn about winemaking at Plou Et Fils.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Amboise trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Saint-Emilion to Amboise by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chateau de Loches, Reserve Zoologique de la Haute-Touche, Musee automobile MATRA, Abbaye de la Trinite
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
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Eglise Saint-Denis ©
Eglise Saint-Denis
Chateau de Loches ©
Chateau de Loches
Musee automobile MATRA ©
Musee automobile MATRA

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Appreciate the collections at Musee D-Day Omaha and Musee Baron Gerard. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Chateau of Carrouges. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Cimetières Militaires (in Ranville), Normandy Victory Museum (in Catz) and Basilique Notre-Dame d'Alencon (in Alencon). There's much more to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Maisy Battery, step into the grandiose world of Hotel de Beaumont, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Sees, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Amboise to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. 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

Side Trips

Basilique Notre-Dame d'Alencon, Eglise Saint-Pierre, Musee D-Day Omaha, Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, Maisy Battery
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 2:
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Maisy Battery ©
Maisy Battery
Musee Baron Gerard ©
Musee Baron Gerard

4
nights
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel and Musee Jacques Cartier. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and Etoile du Roy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Malo: Cathedrale Saint-Etienne (in Saint-Brieuc), Eglise Saint-Sulpice de Fougeres (in Fougeres) and Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes (in Huisnes sur Mer). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, kick back and relax at Plage de la Comtesse, take some stellar pictures from Cabane Vauban, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Bon-Secours.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Malo online holiday planner .

You can drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pointe du Roc, Cathedrale Saint-Etienne, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, Cabane Vauban, Longchamps Beach
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