31 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Rouen
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Paris — 5 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris driving holiday planning website.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Paris is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Paris. In August, Paris is much colder than Riyadh - with highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Venture out of the city with trips to Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Deauville Beach (in Deauville City). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, and appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument.

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Getting from Rouen to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Bayeux sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel and then don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

On the 15th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. When traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Terre Liquide (in Mons), Domaine Preignes le Vieux (in Vias) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Cavayere, and steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 4 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Eco Gliss (in Les Issambres), Zipline (in Sainte-Maxime) and Plage de Guerrevieille (in Grimaud). The adventure continues: take a memorable excursion with TakSea, head outdoors with Sublim Sky, kick back and relax at Calanque de Maubois, and take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael vacation planning app.

Fly from Carcassonne to Saint-Raphael in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Carcassonne, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint-Raphael, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more). Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, make a trip to Place Massena, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Saint-Raphael in August: highs in Nice hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Wed).
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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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