31 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 5 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Musee Picasso). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Marineland, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nice road trip website.

Melbourne, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Nice is minus 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): hike along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel and then make a trip to Pointe du Grouin du Sud. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Fly from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nice in April, with highs in Mont-Saint-Michel at 17°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
When in Bayeux, make a side trip to see Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, approximately Sainte-Mere-Eglise away. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, and contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Avignon.
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Avignon — 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (promenade a cheval & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau) and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, look for all kinds of wild species at Wine Safari, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and examine the collection at Musee Angladon.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Avignon trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bayeux in April; daily highs in Avignon reach 23°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Trolib (in Cassis) and Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Fondation Vasarely, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire, and stop by The Panier.

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Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 3 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 a short trip to Musee de la Prehistoire Regionale in Saint-Pons-de-Thomieres (about 1h 5 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne day trip planning website.

You can fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet (in Cales), Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac, explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre de Padirac, and contemplate the long history of The Maison Forte de Reignac.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Sarlat-la-Caneda sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 6 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 still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

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Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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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