31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Nice
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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.
Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Montmartre are in your itinerary. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris travel planning website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 5 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Airborne Museum. Visit Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux travel planner.

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. In August, daytime highs in Bayeux are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 3 nights

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pointe du Grouin and Promenade du Clair de Lune. Get some historical perspective at Mont Saint-Michel and Cap Fréhel. Step out of Saint-Malo to go to Plevenon and see Fort La Latte - Chateau de la Roche Goyon, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, make a trip to Centre Historique, and learn something new at Avel Char A Voile.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Saint-Malo trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Saint-Malo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In August, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Azay-le-Rideau.
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Azay-le-Rideau — 2 nights

As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of La Forteresse de Montbazon and then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais, explore the historical opulence of Château de l'Islette, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Azay-le-Rideau trip planning site.

Drive from Saint-Malo to Azay-le-Rideau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Azay-le-Rideau can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle — 3 nights

White City

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.
Get some cultural insight at Phare des Baleines and Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois. Visit Plage de Trousse-Chemise and Plage de Chatelaillon for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Rochelle: Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte (in Les Sables-d'Olonne), Château de Talmont (in Talmont Saint Hilaire) and Saint Martin de Re (Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re & Clocher Observatoire). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Rochelle travel route app.

Traveling by car from Azay-le-Rideau to La Rochelle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in La Rochelle sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Arles.
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Arles — 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Step out of the city life by going to Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Espiguette Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau des Baux de Provence and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Change things up with these side-trips from Arles: Site Archeologique de Glanum (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence), La Maison Carree (in Nimes) and Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Arles trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from La Rochelle to Arles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from La Rochelle in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Arles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 3 nights

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Explore hidden gems such as Gorges de l'Ardeche and Chateau de Grignan. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Grotte de la Salamandre. When in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, make a side trip to see Cascades du Sautadet in La Roque-sur-Ceze, approximately La Roque-sur-Ceze away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Le Pont d'Arc, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc.

Plan trip to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Arles to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 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.
On the 26th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne visit planning website.

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to fly to Nice.
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Nice — 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and TakSea. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Le Suquet (in Cannes), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Eglise de Biot (in Biot). There's more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to 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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