30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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Chamonix
— 1 night
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
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Paris
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Attractions like Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall make great kid-friendly stops. When in Nice, make a side trip to see Le Suquet in Cannes, approximately Cannes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nice travel planning tool.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington in March since evenings lows in Nice dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:

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.
On the 30th (Tue), wander the streets of The Panier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palais du Pharo, and finally explore the striking landscape at Calanques. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, get to know the resident critters at Zoo De La Barben, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille online day trip planner.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Marseille are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne visit website.

You can fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:

Avignon

— 3 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Chateau des Baux de Provence. Bring the kids along to Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Rocher des Doms. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Off-Road Tours (in Le Grau-du-Roi), Nimes (La Maison Carree & Jardins de la Fontaine) and Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, and take in the dramatic natural features at Colorado Provencal.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April in Avignon, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 4:

Macot-la-Plagne

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Tania Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Belle Plagne, fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, then hit the slopes at La Plagne Ski Resort, and finally fly down the slopes at Reflex Ski School. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Evolution 2 Val d'Isere, hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, tour the pleasant surroundings at SkiBro Technologies, then hit the slopes at Office Tourisme Montalbert, and finally hit the slopes at ESF Belle Plagne.

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Getting from Avignon to Macot-la-Plagne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:

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. On the 7th (Wed), hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Prosneige, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cool, hit the slopes at Elements Park, fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest, then hit the slopes at La Piste des Animaux, and finally stroll through Piste des Inuits.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Val Thorens day trip website.

You can drive from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Macot-la-Plagne in April, expect nights in Val Thorens to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are slightly colder, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:

Chamonix

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): make a trip to Glacier des Bossons, take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chamonix day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Chamonix takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Walking tours. Family-friendly places like Théâtre gallo-romain and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval will thrill your kids. When in Lyon, make a side trip to see Musee de Grenoble in Grenoble, approximately Grenoble away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon road trip planning website.

You can drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bayeux.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 12:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Juno Beach Centre and Memorial de Caen. Get some cultural insight at Mont Saint-Michel and Omaha Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and pause for some photo ops at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in April, expect Bayeux to be little chillier, temps between 58°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 16:

Boulogne-sur-Mer

— 2 nights
On the 17th (Sat), examine the collection at Maison de la Miniature, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Mareis, then identify plant and animal life at Parc du Marquenterre, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nausicaa. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer, see the interesting displays at Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique, then stop by Calais Wine Superstore, and finally brush up on your military savvy at La Coupole.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Boulogne-sur-Mer trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Boulogne-sur-Mer can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

Paris

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Explore hidden gems such as Île de la Cité and Hotel de Ville. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Hall of Mirrors). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paris travel route planner.

You can drive from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 23:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.