30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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30 days in France Itinerary

Start: Izmir, Turkey
Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Brest
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nantes
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
4
Amboise
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Cherbourg-Octeville
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Lille
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
7
Strasbourg
— 5 nights
Fly + Tram:  3​h
8
Lyon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Izmir, Turkey

2
nights
Brest

Brest ©
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. Step off the beaten path and head to Le Labyrinthe de Pont-Aven et sa Mini Ferme and Ile vierge. Go for a jaunt from Brest to Kerlouan to see Site of Meneham about 46 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Sat) in some colorful company at Oceanopolis. It doesn't end there: stroll through Parc de la Penfeld.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brest tour itinerary planning website .

Izmir, Turkey to Brest is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Izmir to Brest. In June in Brest, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Brest

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Site of Meneham, L' Aven Parc, Ile vierge
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Ile vierge ©
Ile vierge
L' Aven Parc ©
L' Aven Parc
Oceanopolis ©
Oceanopolis

2
nights
Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 1st (Mon), stroll through Parc de Proce and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tiffauges. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Tour Bretagne, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, and finally see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nantes route planning site .

Traveling by car from Brest to Nantes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Brest in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nantes: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Chateau de Tiffauges
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Chateau de Tiffauges ©
Chateau de Tiffauges
Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes
Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile

2
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 3rd (Wed), admire the striking features of Pey-Berland Tower, don't miss a visit to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux, and then get in on the family fun at Parc de la Coccinelle. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Nantes to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Amboise.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Theme Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Parc de la Coccinelle
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Parc de la Coccinelle ©
Parc de la Coccinelle
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux ©
Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux

2
nights
Amboise

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): make a trip to Chateau de l'Islette and then step into the grandiose world of La Forteresse de Montbazon. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Amboise trip planner .

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Amboise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Cherbourg-Octeville.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

La Forteresse de Montbazon, Chateau de Chambord, Château de l'Islette
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Château de l'Islette ©
Château de l'Islette
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord

1
night
Cherbourg-Octeville

Cherbourg-Octeville ©
Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, examine the collection at Caramels d'Isigny, then take some stellar pictures from Le Phare de Gatteville, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ravalet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): stroll through Parc Emmanuel Liais and then take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cherbourg-Octeville trip maker site .

You can drive from Amboise to Cherbourg-Octeville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Amboise in July: highs in Cherbourg-Octeville hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Lille.

Things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Le Phare de Gatteville, Chateau des Ravalet, Pointe du Hoc, Airborne Museum, Caramels d'Isigny
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Le Phare de Gatteville ©
Le Phare de Gatteville
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc
Airborne Museum ©
Airborne Museum

2
nights
Lille

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, don't miss a visit to Grand place, then stroll the grounds of Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette, then wander the streets of Place des Heros, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Carriere Wellington, Memorial de la Bataille d'Arras. Keep things going the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Musee Portuaire, don't miss a visit to Belfry of Dunkirk, then kick back and relax at Plage de Malo-les-Bains, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lille tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Cherbourg-Octeville to Lille in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Cherbourg-Octeville in July, you will find days in Lille are somewhat warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dunkirk, Place des Heros, Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette
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Musee Portuaire ©
Musee Portuaire
Room Escape Games
Grande Place ©
Grande Place

5
nights
Strasbourg

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and Route des Cretes. Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Citadel of Bitche (in Bitche), Musee Memorial Le Linge (in Orbey) and Gerardmer (Observatoire de Merelle & Jardin de Berchigranges). The adventure continues: stroll through Parc de l'Orangerie, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Thomas, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and admire the masterpieces at Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg vacation maker app .

Traveling by train from Lille to Strasbourg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Lille, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Strasbourg, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jardin de Berchigranges, Citadel of Bitche, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Musee Memorial Le Linge, Observatoire de Merelle
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Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Parc de l'Orangerie ©
Parc de l'Orangerie
Jardin de Berchigranges ©
Jardin de Berchigranges

4
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval and Lac du Bourget. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres), Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges) and Monastere Royal de Brou (in Bourg-en-Bresse). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at La Roche de Solutre, see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbey of Cluny, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lyon travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and tram from Strasbourg to Lyon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Abbey of Cluny, Lac du Bourget, Monastere Royal de Brou, Cite medievale de Perouges, Safari de Peaugres
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Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval ©
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
Lac du Bourget ©
Lac du Bourget
Le Mur Des Canuts ©
Le Mur Des Canuts

2
nights
Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand ©
Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port and then contemplate the geological forces at Puy-de-Dome. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Saint-Nectaire, admire the sheer force of La Grande Cascade, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade du Queureuilh et du Rossignolet.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Clermont-Ferrand day trip app .

You can drive from Lyon to Clermont-Ferrand in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in July, things will get a bit cooler in Clermont-Ferrand: highs are around 79°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Le Mont-Dore, Eglise de Saint-Nectaire
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Puy-de-Dome Volcano ©
Puy-de-Dome Volcano
Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port ©
Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port
Cascade du Queureuilh et du Rossignolet ©

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Clermont-Ferrand to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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