30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour itinerary planner

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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Meribel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Honfleur
— 4 nights
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Lyon

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Institut & Musee Lumiere. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee de Grenoble and Colline de Fourviere. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Grenoble (le stade des Alpes & Musee Dauphinois). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon journey planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Lyon is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 1°C in Lyon. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:

Val Thorens

— 2 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through St Martin de Belleville, get outside with 6km Toboggan Run Val Thorens, hit the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then fly down the slopes at Prosneige, then hit the slopes at Ski Cool, and finally hit the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Val Thorens road trip planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Val Thorens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Meribel.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:

Meribel

— 3 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oxygene Ski School La Plagne and La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel. Explore Meribel's surroundings by going to Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere (in Val d'Isere), Macot-la-Plagne (ESF PLagne 1800 & Reflex Ski School) and Snowtubing Tignes (in Tignes).

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Meribel route planner.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Meribel takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Meribel

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:

Annecy

— 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palais de l'Ile and Ville Ancienne. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Station de Ski les Saisies and Semnoz. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Annecy: Piccard Sports (in Les Saisies) and La Clusaz (in La Clusaz). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Pont des Amours, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to La Vieille Ville, and relax and rejuvenate at Spa des Lys.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Annecy journey planner.

Traveling by car from Meribel to Annecy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Annecy, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Chamonix

— 3 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Église Saint-Nicolas de Véroce and Crystal Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vallee Blanche and Brevent Cable Car. Take a break from Chamonix with a short trip to Musee d'Art Sacre de Saint Nicolas de Veroce in Saint-Nicolas-de-Veroce, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip planning website.

Getting from Annecy to Chamonix by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:

Nice

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Place Garibaldi. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musée Marc Chagall and Palais Lascaris. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Antibes (Chapelle de la Garoupe, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, and see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nice day trip site.

You can drive from Chamonix to Nice in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. February in Nice sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:

Marseille

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then look for gifts at Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, then explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marseille sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Marseille are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:

Carcassonne

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

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 12th (Fri), steep yourself in history at La Bastide Saint Louis, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne vacation planning app.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. February in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 12:

Paris

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee Jacquemart-Andre and La Boulangerie. Get some cultural insight at Musee d'Orsay and Eiffel Tower. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris road trip site.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Carcassonne in February: highs in Paris hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:

Honfleur

— 4 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Notre Dame de Grace. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Get out of town with these interesting Honfleur side-trips: Rouen (Historial Jeanne d’Arc, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more), Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde (in Etretat) and Thalazur de Cabourg (in Cabourg). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Hommes, kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, admire the masterpieces at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Honfleur trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Paris to Honfleur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Honfleur can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 20:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.