31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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31 days in France Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  27 h
1
Paris
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Subway + Bus + Fly:  6 h
5
Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Bormes-Les-Mimosas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Nice
— 6 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Visit Champs-Elysees and Montmartre for their historical value. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Paris, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Paris hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage-Baignade Yport and Plage Du Tilleul. Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Les Cressonnieres (in Veules-les-Roses) and Chemin des Sources Bleues (in Vieux-Port). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Caresse de Tigre and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Saint-Sever.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rouen day trip app .

You can take a bus from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Rouen sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Caresse de Tigre, Plage-Baignade Yport, Les Cressonnieres, Chemin des Sources Bleues, Falaises d'Etretat
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Plage de Vauville and Deauville Beach. Visit Omaha Beach and Baie d'Ecalgrain for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Promenade Marcel Proust (in Cabourg), Urville Nacqueville Beach (in Urville-Nacqueville) and German War Cemetery (in Orglandes). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Havre de Portbail, stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, and stroll through Plage de Barneville..

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Normandy American Cemetery, Dunes d'Hattainville, German War Cemetery, H2O Parapluies, Le Havre de Portbail
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

4
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Get in touch with nature at Pointe D'Agon and les etangs du val de See. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mont Saint-Michel and Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre. Venture out of the city with trips to Golf de Vire la Dathee (in Saint Manvieu Bocage), Plage du Plat Gousset (in Granville) and Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal (in Brehal). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Plage, Agon-Coutainville, stroll through Beach of Genets, and stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel online trip planner .

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In May in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Agon-Coutainville, Plage du Plat Gousset, Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, les etangs du val de See, Beach of Genets
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Pointe D'Agon ©
Pointe D'Agon
Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes ©
Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes

4
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palais des Papes and Paul Cezanne’s Studio. Visiting Sentier Jean Francois Jube and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Aix-en-Provence: Eglise Saint-Raymond-Nonnat (in Le Pradet), Cassis (Calanque de Port-Miou & Calanques) and Eglise St-Trophime (in Arles). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape at La Calanque de Figuerolles, steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Aix-en-Provence in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in May, expect Aix-en-Provence to be a bit warmer, temps between 27°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bormes-Les-Mimosas.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Le Pradet, Cassis, La Ciotat, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

3
nights
Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Bormes-Les-Mimosas ©
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. Domaine Sainte Marie and Notre Dame De Constance are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Plage de Gigaro and Grande Plage du Lavandou will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, kick back and relax at Plage de Cavaliere, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Cabasson, and hike along Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bormes-Les-Mimosas trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Bormes-Les-Mimosas in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. May in Bormes-Les-Mimosas sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Plage de Gigaro
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Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lérins Islands and Vieille Ville. Venture out of the city with trips to La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Port Grimaud Beach (in Port Grimaud). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, and stroll through Plage de Pampelonne.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planning tool .

Getting from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Port Grimaud Beach, La Madone d'Utelle
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©

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