31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Drive to Rouen
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Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive to Nantes, Fly to Nice
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bormes-Les-Mimosas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
Fly

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Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Abbaye de Jumieges. Escape the urban bustle at Falaises d'Etretat and Veloroute du Lin. Venture out of the city with trips to Dieppe Canadian Cemetery (in Hautot-sur-Mer) and Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite) (in Fecamp). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, and see the interesting displays at Musee de la Corderie Vallois.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rouen online road trip planner.

Kahului, USA to Rouen is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Kahului to Rouen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kahului in September, things will get colder in Rouen: highs are around 68°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get some historical perspective at Mont Saint-Michel and Normandy American Cemetery. Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery (in Cintheaux), Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain, take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial, and kick back and relax at Omaha Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bayeux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:

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.
Visit Lérins Islands and Vieille Ville for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. When in Nice, make a side trip to see Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs in St-Paul-de-Vence, approximately St-Paul-de-Vence away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nice trip tool.

Getting from Bayeux to Nice by combination of car and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, Nice is a bit warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 76°F and lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Bormes-Les-Mimosas.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

Bormes-Les-Mimosas

— 4 nights
Bormes-les-Mimosas is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It has a Mediterranean climate.Bormes-les-Mimosas is a city in bloom and won the 2003 Gold Medal awarded by the Entente Florale. Escape the urban bustle at Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas and Plage d'Aiguebelle. Get a sense of the local culture at Chartreuse de la Verne and Domaine Sainte Marie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bormes-Les-Mimosas: La Croix-Valmer (Heraclee Beach, Le Cap Lardier, &more). There's much more to do: trek along Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Plage de Jean Blanc, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Trophyme.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bormes-Les-Mimosas trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Bormes-Les-Mimosas takes 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bormes-Les-Mimosas when traveling from Nice in September, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Visiting Sentier Jean Francois Jube and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles. Venture out of the city with trips to Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence), Foret de Roustagnon (in Bandol) and La Ciotat (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & La Calanque de Figuerolles). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

Before you visit Marseille, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Marseille in 1.5 hours. In September in Marseille, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire (in Menerbes) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Lourmarin.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Avignon attractions planner.

Drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:

Paris

— 8 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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, and admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Avignon to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Avignon in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 48°F at night. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 14:

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.