31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cannes
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Arles
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Blois
— 5 nights
Drive
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 4 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Get some historical perspective at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio and Bonifacio Citadel. Explore hidden gems such as Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps) and Grottes de Bonifacio. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone, look for gifts at KOCOTTE, see Off-Road Tours, and appreciate the history behind Monument aux Morts de Bonifacio.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio holiday planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Bonifacio is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Bonifacio due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bonifacio, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Calvi.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

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Calvi, Corsica

— 3 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. Shop till you drop at FRAGNU and Marche Couvert. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Citadelle de Calvi and Nature Reserve of Scandola. Change things up with these side-trips from Calvi: Phare de la Pietra (in Ile Rousse) and Eglise de Sant'Antonino (in Sant'Antonino). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Sainte Marie Majeure, and explore the ancient world of Village abandonné d'Occi.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Calvi trip planner.

You can drive from Bonifacio to Calvi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Calvi

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

Cannes

— 5 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Villa Kerylos. Popular historic sites such as La cité médiévale and Le Suquet are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cannes: Tourrettes-sur-Loup (in Tourrettes-sur-Loup), Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate (in Nice) and Notre Dame de Beauvoir (in Moustiers Sainte-Marie). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, head off the coast to Île Sainte-Marguerite, step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, and explore the activities along Les Gorges du Verdon.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cannes trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Calvi to Cannes in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau des Baux de Provence and Site Archeologique de Glanum. Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Eglise St-Trophime are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arles: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montmajour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Arles trip planner.

You can drive from Cannes to Arles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July in Arles, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, then examine the collection at L'Oustal du Perigord, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Catholique Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Arles to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or fly. In July, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is a bit cooler than Arles - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Blois.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Blois

— 5 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire and Chateau de Langeais. Cathedrale De Bourges and Orléans Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Azay-le-Rideau (Château de l'Islette & Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau), Le Chateau de Cinq-Mars (in Cinq Mars la Pile) and Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Blois and kick back and relax at Parc Plage de Montrichard.

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Drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Blois in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Blois are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Honfleur.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 21:

Honfleur

— 3 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Deauville Beach and Palais Benedictine. Get a sense of the local culture at Rue du Gros-Horloge and Memorial Samuel de Champlain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honfleur: Rouen (Vieux Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Grace, don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Honfleur itinerary planner.

Getting from Blois to Honfleur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Blois, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Honfleur, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

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 some cultural insight at Pointe du Hoc and Airborne Museum. Visit Omaha Beach and Bayeux War Cemetery for their historical value. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux day trip planner.

You can drive from Honfleur to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Bayeux are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Saint-Malo

— 4 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h and Les Remparts de Dinan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pointe du Grouin and Cap Fréhel. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Malo: Sentier des douaniers (in Perros-Guirec) and Fort La Latte (in Plevenon). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Saint-Malo Cathedral, browse the fresh offerings at Marche aux Huitres, make a trip to Centre Historique, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Malo trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Bayeux to Saint-Malo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

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.