32 days in France Itinerary

32 days in France Itinerary

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32 days in France Itinerary

Start: Beijing
train:  14​h
1
Paris
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Perros-Guirec
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
La Rochelle
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Carcassonne Center
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Albi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Clermont-Ferrand
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 30​min
9
Reims
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Beijing

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Pierrefonds.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paris itinerary planning tool .

Beijing, China to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 7 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Beijing in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Basilique de Saint-Mathurin, Chateau de Pierrefonds
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Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Pierrefonds ©
Chateau de Pierrefonds
Basilique de Saint-Mathurin ©
Basilique de Saint-Mathurin

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Remains Mulberry Harbour and La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery). Step out of Bayeux to go to Sainte-Mere-Eglise and see Airborne Museum, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Omaha Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and learn about all things military at Memorial of Caen.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bayeux trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Paris in July; daily highs in Bayeux reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Memorial de Caen, Airborne Museum, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus)
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Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Avel Char and Pointe du Decolle. Popular historic sites such as Promenade du Clair de Lune and Fort La Latte are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Malo side-trips: Cap Fréhel (in Saint-Brieuc) and Phare du Cap Fréhel (in Plevenon). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, stroll through Plage du Nick, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Samson, and get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Saint-Malo day trip tool .

You can drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Lunaire, Plevenon, Avel Char, Pointe du Grouin, Cathedrale Saint-Samson
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Phare du Cap Fréhel ©
Phare du Cap Fréhel
Avel Char ©
Avel Char
Pointe du Decolle ©
Pointe du Decolle

4
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau du Taureau and Enclos Paroissial de Guimiliau. Step off the beaten path and head to Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles and Abbaye de Beauport. Venture out of the city with trips to Chapelle Notre-Dame du Yaudet (in Ploulec'h), Ville Close de Concarneau (in Concarneau) and Falaises de Tredrez (in Tredrez-Locquemeau). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Cathedrale Saint-Tugdual, make a trip to Eglise Saint-Etienne de Plouezoc'h, and stroll through Sentier des douaniers.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Perros-Guirec online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Perros-Guirec takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Saint-Malo in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Perros-Guirec: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Eglise Saint-Etienne de Plouezoc'h, Ville Close de Concarneau, Falaises de Tredrez, Abbaye de Beauport, Enclos Paroissial de Guimiliau
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Abbaye de Beauport ©
Abbaye de Beauport
Chateau du Taureau ©
Chateau du Taureau
Eglise Saint-Etienne de Plouezoc'h ©

4
nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau Fort de Saint Jean d'Angle and Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont. Step out of the city life by going to Plage de Chatelaillon and Vieux Port. Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Clocher Observatoire (in Saint Martin de Re), Phare des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines) and Embarcadere de l'Abbaye (in Maillezais). The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Phare des Baleines, make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and kick back and relax at Pointe Espagnole Beach.

Find out how to plan La Rochelle trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to La Rochelle in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Perros-Guirec in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in La Rochelle: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont, Chateau Fort de Saint Jean d'Angle, Phare des Baleines, Plage de Chatelaillon, Plage de la Pointe Espagnole
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Clocher Observatoire ©
Clocher Observatoire
Embarcadere de l'Abbaye ©
Embarcadere de l'Abbaye
Chateau Fort de Saint Jean d'Angle ©
Chateau Fort de Saint Jean d'Angle

4
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Get some historical perspective at Chateaux de Lastours and Chateau de Peyrepertuse. Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Chateau Comtal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne Center: Abbaye de Fontfroide (in Narbonne), Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau) and Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (in Espira-de-Conflent). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Puilaurens, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne Center day trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Carcassonne Center takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from La Rochelle in July, expect nights in Carcassonne Center to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Chateaux de Lastours, Château de Salses, Chateau de Peyrepertuse, Chateau de Puilaurens
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Chateaux de Lastours ©
Chateaux de Lastours
Chateau de Puilaurens ©
Chateau de Puilaurens
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Cenevieres and Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie. Forteresse de Najac and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Albi side-trips: Rocamadour (Cite Religieuse & La Foret des Singes) and Grotte du Pech-Merle (in Cabrerets). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and do a tasting at Cave de Labastide.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Albi trip app .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Albi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Rocamadour, Cave de Labastide, Forteresse de Najac, Chateau de Cenevieres, Grotte du Pech-Merle
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Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie ©
Chateau de Cenevieres ©
Chateau de Cenevieres
Forteresse de Najac ©
Forteresse de Najac

4
nights
Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand ©
Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Get in touch with nature at Lac Pavin and Puy-de-Dome. Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Tournoel and Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Murol (in Murol), Chateau de Murol (in Saint-Amant-Tallende) and La Grande Cascade (in Le Mont-Dore). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude, admire the striking features of L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine, delve into the distant past at Abbaye de Lavaudieu, and examine the collection at L'Aventure Michelin.

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

Drive from Albi to Clermont-Ferrand in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Clermont-Ferrand, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Reims.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Murol, Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude, Lac Pavin, Abbaye de Lavaudieu, L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine
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La Grande Cascade ©
La Grande Cascade
Chateau de Tournoel ©
Chateau de Tournoel
Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude ©
Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude

2
nights
Reims

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
On the 1st (Thu), admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Vauclair, then learn about winemaking at Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jacques. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Britannique de Marfaux, then do a tasting at Champagne Taittinger, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Saint-Remi, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Tau.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Reims online sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Clermont-Ferrand to Reims in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Abbaye de Vauclair, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon, Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars, Cimetiere Militaire Britannique de Marfaux
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Abbaye de Vauclair ©
Abbaye de Vauclair
Eglise Saint Jacques ©
Eglise Saint Jacques
Palais du Tau ©
Palais du Tau

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