31 days in France Itinerary

31 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Arles
— 4 nights
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 2 nights
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5
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
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Honfleur
— 5 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Nice — 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La cité médiévale. Get a sense of the local culture at Spas and Musée Marc Chagall. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: A.I.R. Vallauris (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris), Village de Mougins (in Mougins) and Cannes (Le Suquet & La Croisette). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, hunt for treasures at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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New York City, USA to Nice is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Nice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: high temperatures in Nice hover around 59°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly 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.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau Comtal and Abbaye de Fontfroide are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Cathar Castles and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Cathedrale St-Just (in Narbonne), Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec & Pont Vieux) and Chateau Coupe-Roses (in La Caunette). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne day trip planning website.

Getting from Nice to Carcassonne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in March, plan for little chillier nights in Carcassonne, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arles.
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Arles — 4 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Abbaye de Montmajour and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Site Archeologique de Glanum. Change things up with these side-trips from Arles: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, &more), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine, explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, and contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Arles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly 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.
On the 16th (Thu), make a trip to Chateau de Loches and then examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Azay-le-Rideau trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Arles to Azay-le-Rideau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Arles in March: highs in Azay-le-Rideau hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer — 2 nights

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, see the interesting displays at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, brush up on your military savvy at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer trip planner.

You can drive from Azay-le-Rideau to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Honfleur.
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Honfleur — 5 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Get a sense of the local culture at Juno Beach Centre and Rue du Gros-Horloge. We've included these beaches for you: Plage de Trouville and Deauville Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Bayeux (Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, Cathedrale Notre-Dame, &more), Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville) and Arromanches-les-Bains (Remains Mulberry Harbour, Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, make a trip to Vieux Bassin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Honfleur day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Honfleur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Honfleur can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Paris.
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris journey planner.

Getting from Honfleur to Paris by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in March, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) 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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