30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner
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Paris
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Nantes
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Lyon
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Nice
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Paris — 7 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 outdoors at Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. Explore hidden gems such as The Army Museum and 1st Arrondissement. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, and see the interesting displays at Fondation Louis Vuitton.

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Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. In May, Paris is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly to Nantes.
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Nantes — 7 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and Musee des Blindes. Explore hidden gems such as Le Cadre Noir and Embarcadere de l'Abbaye. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: La Cave aux Sculptures (in Deneze-sous-Doue), Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier (in Louresse-Rochemenier) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Le Puy-Notre-Dame). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Old City Walls of Vannes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, enjoy the sand and surf at Club Nautique de Damgan, and wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye.

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You can fly from Paris to Nantes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Nantes are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.
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Lyon — 7 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee Miniature et Cinema and La Roche de Solutre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fresque des Lyonnais and The Presqu'ile. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Le Jardin d'Eden (in Tournon-sur-Rhone), Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres) and La Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, contemplate the long history of Hotel de Ville de Lyon, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

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Getting from Nantes to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May in Lyon, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.
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Nice — 7 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.
Shop till you drop at La Croisette and Marche Forville. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Food Tours. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Le Suquet in Cannes, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, head outdoors with Promenade du Paillon, contemplate the long history of Monastère de Cimiez, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Fly from Lyon to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 22°C. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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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