30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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30 days in France Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
La Croix-Valmer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cassis
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Avignon
— 3 nights
5
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h
6
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Rouen
— 4 nights
8
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Edmonton

3
nights
Nice

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. Step out of the city life by going to Lérins Islands and Scuba & Snorkeling. Go for a jaunt from Nice to St-Paul-de-Vence to see Saint-Paul de Vence about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint Hospice, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, and examine the collection at Palais Lascaris.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nice attractions planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Nice is 8 hours. Traveling from Edmonton in May, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Cannes, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Scuba & Snorkeling, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

3
nights
La Croix-Valmer

La Croix-Valmer ©
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Visiting Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage du Debarquement will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Croix-Valmer: Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Domaine Sainte Marie & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Le Cap Lardier, hike along Parcours Decouverte : Les Activites Traditionnelles de la Vallee de la Mole, kick back and relax at Plage de Gigaro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage des Marines.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Croix-Valmer travel route builder website .

Drive from Nice to La Croix-Valmer in 2 hours. When traveling from Nice in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in La Croix-Valmer, with highs around 28°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cassis.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cogolin, Bormes-Les-Mimosas
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Cassis

Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Visiting Calanques and Sentier Jean Francois Jube will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine and Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste. Explore Cassis' surroundings by going to Sentier sous marin (in Hyeres), Foret de Roustagnon (in Bandol) and Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Calanque d'En-Vau, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel Church.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cassis driving holiday planner.

Drive from La Croix-Valmer to Cassis in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Bandol, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas, Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, Sentier Jean Francois Jube
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Calanques ©
Calanques

3
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palais des Papes and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. Visit Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence and Pont d'Avignon for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Chateau de Lourmarin (in Lourmarin) and Musee Granet (in Aix-en-Provence). There's much more to do: hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, and steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon day trip tool .

Take a train from Cassis to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Gordes, Aix-en-Provence, Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, Chateau de Lourmarin, Eglise St-Trophime
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

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 7th (Sun), learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, get to know the fascinating history of La Cite Medievale, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place Carnot, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

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

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mont Saint-Michel and Normandy American Cemetery. Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Cimetières Militaires are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise), Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes (in Huisnes sur Mer) and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe (in La Cambe). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, browse the exhibits of Pegasus Memorial, and stroll through Omaha Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Carcassonne to Bayeux takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Carcassonne in June: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 24°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Ranville, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Omaha Beach
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

4
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Abbaye de Jumieges. Get outdoors at Falaises d'Etretat and Fishing Charters & Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Fleuve La Veules (in Veules-les-Roses), Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur) and Calvados Experience by Pere Magloire (in Pont-L'Eveque). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Saint-Sever, take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rouen online vacation planner .

Getting from Bayeux to Rouen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rouen are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Le Fleuve La Veules, Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), Calvados Experience by Pere Magloire, Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

5
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.
Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Palace of Versailles for their historical value. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Chateau de Chambord in Chambord, approximately 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip site .

Traveling by bus from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Chambord
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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