30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Start: Chennai
Fly + Tram:  14 h 45 min
1
Lyon
— 1 night
+3
Tram + Fly + Foot + Train:  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
Drive:  2 h 15 min
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planner.

Chennai, India to Lyon is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and tram. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Chennai in May; daily highs in Lyon reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Menton.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Villa Kerylos will appeal to history buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Promenade du Soleil and Palmes Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Menton side-trips: St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, Paloma Beach, &more) and La Madone d'Utelle (in Utelle). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Eden Plage Mala, appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade Le Corbusier, and stop by Au Pays du Citron.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Menton day trip tool.

Do a combination of tram, flight, and train from Lyon to Menton in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in May, Menton is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Menton

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villa Kerylos, La Madone d'Utelle, Eden Plage Mala, Promenade Le Corbusier
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Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike
Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Port Grimaud Beach and Castel Plage. Visit Vieille Ville and Lérins Islands for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cannes: La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez) and Galerie Regard (in Sainte-Maxime). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with La Croisette, browse the exhibits of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue d'Antibes, and browse the fresh offerings at Marche Forville.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cannes trip maker tool.

Drive from Menton to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Menton in May since evenings lows in Cannes dip to 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

Nice, Biot, La Ponche Beach, Port Grimaud Beach, Galerie Regard
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

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. Take a break from the city and head to Plage de Cavaliere and Grande Plage du Lavandou. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Cabasson. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Trophyme, and trek along Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Le Lavandou trip planner.

You can drive from Cannes to Le Lavandou in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Daskalides Chocolatier, Plage de Gigaro
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Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere
Plage de Cabasson ©
Plage de Cabasson

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Calanques and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue. Head to Le Cassetin du Diable and Inna Khimich Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Calanque de Port-Miou (in Cassis). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, kick back and relax at Plage de Renecros, and stroll through Sentier Jean Francois Jube.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Le Lavandou to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cassis, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Le Cassetin du Diable, Plage de Renecros, Inna Khimich Art Gallery
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Calanques ©
Calanques

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.
Mont Saint-Michel and Normandy American Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Relax by the water at Plage de Vauville and Baie d'Ecalgrain. Venture out of the city with trips to Urville Nacqueville Beach (in Urville-Nacqueville), Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes (in Huisnes sur Mer) and Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal (in Brehal). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, take some stellar pictures from Pointe D'Agon, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and stop by H2O Parapluies.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip planner.

You can fly from Marseille to Bayeux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in May, expect Bayeux to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Baie d'Ecalgrain, H2O Parapluies, Urville Nacqueville Beach, Pointe D'Agon, Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
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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

3
nights
Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Step out of the city life by going to Falaises d'Etretat and Porte d’Aval. Relax by the water at La Plage and Plage-Baignade Yport. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Etretat: Plage de Pourville (in Hautot-sur-Mer) and Les Cressonnieres (in Veules-les-Roses). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Du Tilleul, get outside with Cote d'Albatre, and explore the striking landscape at L'Aiguille Creuse.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Etretat online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Etretat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Veules-les-Roses, Plage de Pourville, Plage Du Tilleul, Plage-Baignade Yport
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Plage-Baignade Yport
Plage-Baignade Yport
La Plage ©
La Plage

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Le Marais, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

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