30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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30 days in France Itinerary

Start: Nottingham
Train:  5​h
1
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Biarritz
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Collioure
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Nice
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Caen
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
9
Bayeux
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Train + Drive:  7​h 15​min
End: Nottingham

4
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris itinerary planning site .

Nottingham, UK to Paris is an approximately 5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nottingham to Paris due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
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Biarritz

A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray), Ferme d'Agerria (in Saint-Martin-d'Arberoue) and Plage d'Hendaye (in Hendaye). There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, sample the tasty concoctions at La Superbe, and kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques.

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Biarritz trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Paris to Biarritz by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. May in Biarritz sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Parcours Sensations Golf D'ilbarritz, Off-Road Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, Plage d'Hendaye, Ferme d'Agerria
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Off-Road Tours
Ferme d'Agerria ©
Ferme d'Agerria
Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge

2
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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 10th (Sun), do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, then explore the world behind art at La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then do a tasting at Chateau Canet, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Guery.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Biarritz to Carcassonne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Collioure.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

1
night
Collioure

Collioure ©
Collioure is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.GeographyThe town of Collioure is on the Côte Vermeille, in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.ToponymyCollioure is named Cotlliure in Catalan.HistoryThere is a record of the castle at "Castrum Caucoliberi" having been mentioned as early as 673, indicating that the settlement here was of strategic and commercial importance during the Visigoth ascendancy.Collioure used to be divided into two villages separated by the river Douy, the old town to the south named Port d'Avall (in French known as Le Faubourg) and the upstream port, Port d'Amunt (in French known as La Ville).Collioure was taken in 1642 by the French troops of Maréchal de la Meilleraye. On the 12th (Tue), partake in some friendly competition at Tresors 66 Collioure, take some stellar pictures from Tour Madeloc, then make a trip to Fort Saint-Elme, then take a stroll through Quartier du Moure, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Collioure trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Collioure takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Collioure can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Collioure

Fun & Games Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Tresors 66 Collioure ©
Tresors 66 Collioure
Tour Madeloc ©
Tour Madeloc
Fort Saint-Elme ©
Fort Saint-Elme

5
nights
Nice

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: Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take some stellar pictures from Mt Boron, and categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Marineland.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Collioure to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Galerie Lifetime Gallery, Lérins Islands, Marineland
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Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Venture out of the city with trips to La Croix-Valmer (Le Cap Lardier & Plage de Sylvabelle), Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens (in Hyeres) and Grimaud (Plage de Guerrevieille & Plage du Gros Pin).

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael itinerary 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. May in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Grimaud, La Croix-Valmer, Les Gorges du Verdon, Notre Dame d‘Afrique, Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Le Cap Lardier ©
Le Cap Lardier

3
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palais des Papes (in Avignon), Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence) and La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get your game on at Laser game Evolution, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and head outdoors with Sentier sous marin.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Marseille vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Marseille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Caen.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

La Ciotat, Hyeres, Laser game Evolution, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Palais des Papes
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Sentier sous marin ©
Sentier sous marin
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

3
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Caen

Caen ©
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Caen: Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James), Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets) and Chemin des Douaniers (in Etretat). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, stroll the grounds of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Calvados Experience by Pere Magloire.

To see other places to visit, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Caen online itinerary maker .

You can fly from Marseille to Caen in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in May, expect Caen to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Chemin des Douaniers, Calvados Experience, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant
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Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant ©
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers

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nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Grottes de Jobourg (in Jobourg) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip itinerary planning tool .

Bayeux is very close to Caen. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Normandy American Cemetery, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Mont Saint-Michel, Omaha Beach, Grottes de Jobourg
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

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