30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour itinerary planner
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Fly
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Meribel
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
9
Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
10
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 Musee de Grenoble. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Colline de Fourviere and Institut & Musee Lumiere. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Grenoble (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.
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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. On your second day here, stroll through St Martin de Belleville, hit the slopes at Val Thorens Toboggan Run, fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then hit the slopes at Prosneige, then tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, and finally fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Val Thorens trip builder site.

You can drive from Lyon to Val Thorens in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Meribel.
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Meribel — 3 nights

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oxygene Ski School La Plagne and Snowdlight Ski School. Explore Meribel's surroundings by going to Snowtubing Tignes (in Tignes), Macot-la-Plagne (ESF PLagne 1800 & Reflex Ski School) and Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere (in Val d'Isere). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at.

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.
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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 Pont des Amours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Annecy: Piccard Sports (in Les Saisies) and La Clusaz (in La Clusaz). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Semnoz, indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa des Lys, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Annecy trip planner.

You can drive from Meribel to Annecy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Annecy sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Chamonix.
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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 Musee d'Art Sacre de Saint Nicolas de Veroce. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vallee Blanche and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, examine the collection at Musee des Cristaux, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, and hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chamonix day trip app.

Getting from Annecy to Chamonix by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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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 Palais Lascaris. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musée Marc Chagall and Spas. 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, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

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.
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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.
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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 wander the streets 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.
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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 Louvre Museum 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 masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, 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.
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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 Historial Jeanne d’Arc. 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: Thalazur Cabourg (in Cabourg), Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde (in Etretat) and Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Vieux Rouen). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Grace, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Hommes.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Honfleur online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Paris to Honfleur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in February, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel back 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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