28 days in France Itinerary

28 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner
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Paris
— 9 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Bastia
— 7 nights
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Calvi
— 4 nights
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Paris
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Paris — 9 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee de Mecanique Naturelle), Le Jardin de Versailles (in Versailles) and Golf du Tremblay sur Mauldre (in Le Tremblay-sur-Mauldre). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planning tool.

Durham, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In May, Paris is slightly colder than Durham - with highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Lyon — 6 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives), Lake Annecy (in Annecy) and Beaune (La Cave de l'Ange Gardien & Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planning tool.

Fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Lyon are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bastia.
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Bastia — 7 nights

Bastia is a French commune in the Haute-Corse department of France located in the north-east of the island of Corsica at the base of Cap Corse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bastia: Cervione (Chapelle Santa Cristina & Musee Anton Dumenicu Monti), Canari (Clocher-Phare de Canari & Conservatoire du Costume du Cap Corse) and Corte (L'Arche de Corte & Fontaine de la rampe Sainte Croix). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Michel de Murato, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Stello, explore by horseback at Caval en Liberte, and stop by Poterie du Nebbio.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bastia travel route planner.

You can fly from Lyon to Bastia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Calvi.
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Calvi — 4 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. Explore Calvi's surroundings by going to Dans les Yeux de Lucie (in Feliceto), Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Porto) and Calanques de Piana (in Piana). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, don't miss a visit to Clos culombu, hike along Sentier du Facteur, and contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Calvi online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bastia to Calvi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris — 1 night

City of Light

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paris itinerary planner.

Fly from Calvi to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Calvi in June: high temperatures in Paris hover around 74°F and lows are around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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