30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Tours
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Tours
— 2 nights
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Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
— 2 nights
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Saint-Emilion
— 2 nights
Train
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Poitiers
— 2 nights
Train
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Chaumont-sur-Loire
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amboise
— 2 nights
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Chenonceaux
— 2 nights
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Bourges
— 2 nights
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Chambord
— 2 nights
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Blois
— 2 nights
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Orleans
— 2 nights
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Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire
— 1 day
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Chartres
— 2 nights
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Le Mans City
— 2 nights
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Angers
— 3 nights
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Tours — 2 nights

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, then step into the grandiose world of Château de l'Islette, and then take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, contemplate the long history of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, and then see the interesting displays at Musee du Compagnonnage.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tours trip itinerary maker site.

Plymouth, UK to Tours is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Plymouth to Tours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fontevraud-l'Abbaye.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Fontevraud-l'Abbaye — 2 nights

On the 11th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, then explore the world behind art at Chateau de Montsoreau - Musee d'Art Contemporain, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Usse. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Michel, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Breze, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fontevraud-l'Abbaye day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tours to Fontevraud-l'Abbaye takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Emilion.
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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Saint-Emilion — 2 nights

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Citadelle de Blaye, then do a tasting at Chateau Paloumey, and then learn about winemaking at Cloitre des Cordeliers. On your second day here, make a trip to Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, learn about winemaking at Chateau Laniote, and then learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Emilion trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Fontevraud-l'Abbaye to Saint-Emilion in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can take a train to Poitiers.
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Poitiers — 2 nights

Poitiers is a city on the Clain river in west-central France. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Futuroscope. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): walk around Parc de Blossac, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Notre Dame la Grande.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Poitiers tour planning website.

Getting from Saint-Emilion to Poitiers by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Poitiers when traveling from Saint-Emilion in September, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Chaumont-sur-Loire.
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Chaumont-sur-Loire — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): look for gifts at Fromagerie Moreau, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais, and then step into the grandiose world of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fougeres-sur-Bievre, learn about winemaking at Troglo Degusto, and then deepen your understanding of the past and present with La Magnanerie.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chaumont-sur-Loire tour itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Poitiers to Chaumont-sur-Loire takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Chaumont-sur-Loire are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amboise.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Amboise — 2 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the galleries of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and then savor the flavors at Rendez-Vous dans les Vignes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Safari Train - Reserve de Beaumarchais, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then stroll around Mini-Châteaux Val de Loire.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Amboise trip planner.

Amboise is just a short distance from Chaumont-sur-Loire. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chenonceaux.
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Chenonceaux — 2 nights

Situated in the valley of the river Cher within the tributary of the Loire, Chenonceaux has a unique location in the Touraine-Chenonceaux wine-growing area.
On the 21st (Wed), stop by Poterie Agny, then examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, and then step into the grandiose world of chateau Montpoupon. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Loches, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Montresor, and then learn about winemaking at Caves Monmousseau.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chenonceaux vacation planner.

Chenonceaux is just a stone's throw from Amboise. In September in Chenonceaux, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bourges.
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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Bourges — 2 nights

For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Palais Jacques-Coeur, then learn about winemaking at Vinitour Centre-Loire, and then see the interesting displays at Maison des Sancerre. On your second day here, make a trip to Le Jardin de l'Archeveche, make a trip to Les Nuits Lumiere, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale De Bourges.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bourges trip planner.

Getting from Chenonceaux to Bourges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chambord.
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Chambord — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Talcy, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, and then explore the historical opulence of Domaine National de Chambord. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Domaine du Croc du Merle, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint-Louis de Chambord.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chambord itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Bourges to Chambord takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Blois.
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Blois — 2 nights

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
On the 27th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Louis, then step into the grandiose world of Park and Chateau de Beauregard, then look for gifts at La Maison des Parapluies, and finally examine the collection at Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal de Blois, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Escalier Denis Papin, and then stroll around Les Jardins de l’Ancien Eveche.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Blois trip planner.

Blois is very close to Chambord. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Orleans.
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Orleans — 2 nights

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. On the 29th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral, and then make a trip to Place du Martroi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hotel Groslot, stroll around Parc Floral de La Source, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Loire a Velo Cycle Path.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Orleans travel planner.

You can drive from Blois to Orleans in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire.
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Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire — 1 day

On the 1st (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oratoire Carolingien de Germigny-des-Pres, then step into the grandiose world of Château de Sully-sur-Loire, and then examine the collection at Musee Departemental de la Resistance et de la Deportation.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire route builder app.

Drive from Orleans to Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire in an hour. October in Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chartres.
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Chartres — 2 nights

Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take a stroll through Chartres Historic Preservation Area, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Maintenon, and then gain insight at Centre International Du Vitrail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): experience rural life at Le Cez Sheepfold National De Rambouillet, take a peaceful walk through Espace Rambouillet, and then steep yourself in history at La Maison Picassiette.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chartres trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire to Chartres in 1.5 hours. In October in Chartres, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Le Mans City.
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Le Mans City — 2 nights

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of La Nuit des Chimeres, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): join the crowd at Circuit permanent des 24 Heures du Mans, take an in-depth tour of 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Le Mans City day trip planner.

Getting from Chartres to Le Mans City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In October in Le Mans City, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Angers.
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Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Angers — 3 nights

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Chateau de Brissac, find something for the whole family at Terra Botanica, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Angers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers, and then meet the residents at Zoo de La Fleche.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Angers sightseeing planner.

Getting from Le Mans City to Angers by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling 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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