30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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30 days in France Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + train:  14​h 45​min
1
Lyon
— 1 night
tram + Fly:  4​h
2
Menton
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cannes
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Le Lavandou
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Marseille
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Etretat
— 3 nights
8
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Chennai

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or.

Plan my day in Lyon using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Chennai, India to Lyon is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and tram. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Chennai in May, expect Lyon to be colder, temps between 23°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Menton.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

4
nights
Menton

Menton ©
Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Popular historic sites such as Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Chapelle Saint Hospice are in your itinerary. Visit Promenade du Soleil and Plage de Passable for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Menton: St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike & Paloma Beach) and La Madone d'Utelle (in Utelle). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Palmes Beach, stop by Au Pays du Citron, appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade Le Corbusier, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eden Plage Mala.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Menton tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Menton in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lyon in May since evenings lows in Menton dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Menton

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Promenade Le Corbusier, Villa Kerylos, Eden Plage Mala, La Madone d'Utelle
Find places to stay May 2 — 6:
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Plage de Passable ©
Plage de Passable
La Madone d'Utelle ©
La Madone d'Utelle

4
nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Step out of the city life by going to Lérins Islands and Port Grimaud Beach. Do your shopping at La Croisette and Marche Forville. Change things up with these side-trips from Cannes: Galerie Regard (in Sainte-Maxime), La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez) and Nice (Castel Plage & Vieille Ville). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Gabel, see the interesting displays at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, and stop by L'Antre des Delices.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cannes online trip maker .

You can drive from Menton to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Menton in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cannes, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Le Lavandou.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Biot, Nice, La Ponche Beach, Port Grimaud Beach, Galerie Regard
Find places to stay May 6 — 10:
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

4
nights
Le Lavandou

Le Lavandou ©
Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Visiting Plage de Cavaliere and Plage de Cabasson will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de Gigaro and Grande Plage du Lavandou. There's lots more to do: trek along Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, look for gifts at Daskalides Chocolatier, stroll through La plage, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Le Lavandou journey builder site .

Drive from Cannes to Le Lavandou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In May in Le Lavandou, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Plage de Gigaro, Daskalides Chocolatier
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
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Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
La plage ©
La plage

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Le Cassetin du Diable and Inna Khimich Art Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palais des Papes and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Calanque de Port-Miou (in Cassis), Sentier Jean Francois Jube (in Le Pradet) and Plage de Renecros (in Bandol). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Marseille journey builder app .

Drive from Le Lavandou to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cassis, Palais des Papes, Plage de Renecros, Sentier Jean Francois Jube, Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

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.
Visit Plage de Vauville and Omaha Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some historical perspective at Mont Saint-Michel and Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Urville Nacqueville Beach (in Urville-Nacqueville), Baie d'Ecalgrain (in Auderville) and Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal (in Brehal). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stop by H2O Parapluies, stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, and take some stellar pictures from Pointe D'Agon.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bayeux travel route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Bayeux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in May, things will get slightly colder in Bayeux: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal, Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, Omaha Beach, Baie d'Ecalgrain, Plage de Vauville
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

3
nights
Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Relax by the water at Plage Du Tilleul and Plage-Baignade Yport. Escape the urban bustle at Falaises d'Etretat and Porte d’Aval. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Etretat: Plage de Pourville (in Hautot-sur-Mer) and Veules-les-Roses (Les Cressonnieres & La Plage). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Cote d'Albatre and take in the dramatic natural features at The Pinnacle L'Aiguille Creuse.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Etretat online itinerary planner .

Drive from Bayeux to Etretat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Etretat, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Veules-les-Roses, Plage de Pourville, Plage-Baignade Yport, Plage Du Tilleul
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
La Plage ©
La Plage
Porte d’Aval ©
Porte d’Aval

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.
Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Le Marais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Etretat to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
Find places to stay May 25 — 29:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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