30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Paris — 4 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.
Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Paris vacation tool.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to Paris is minus 11 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Christchurch in September; daily highs in Paris reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Omaha Beach and Deauville Beach. Popular historic sites such as Mont Saint-Michel and Normandy American Cemetery are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Falaises d'Etretat in Etretat (about 1h 45 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bayeux trip builder.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Visiting Terre Liquide and Mount Perdu will get you outdoors. Cité de Carcassonne and O'Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Parc de la Prehistoire (in Tarascon-sur-Ariege), Basilique Saint-Sernin (in Toulouse) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Cave de Labastide, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

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Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bayeux in September: highs in Carcassonne hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges de la Diosaz, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glacier des Bossons, then head outdoors with Aiguille du Midi, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Alpin. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lac Blanc, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chamonix travel route builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Carcassonne to Chamonix in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette). There's lots more to do: stroll through Castel Plage, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Calanque de Maubois and Plage de la Nartelle. Step out of the city life by going to TakSea and Abel Baliff Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to La Pointe de l'Aiguille (in Theoule sur Mer), Port Grimaud 1 Beach (in Port Grimaud) and Zipline (in Sainte-Maxime). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Chateau and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de L'Oratoire.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Saint-Raphael online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Saint-Raphael. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 4 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Escape the urban bustle at Dune La Londe and Plage de Sylvabelle. Visit Plage de Jean Blanc and Plage du Debarquement for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Gigaro, Plage de Vergeron, &more), Le Lavandou (Plage de Saint-Clair, Plage de Cavaliere, &more) and Plage des Marines (in Cogolin). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Notre Dame and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Pierre.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hyeres day trip website.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Hyeres sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Avignon.
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Avignon — 2 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, then learn about winemaking at Chateau de la Gardine, and finally explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Hyeres to Avignon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

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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