30 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Meribel
— 3 nights
Train
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Tignes
— 1 night
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Albi
— 1 night
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Jacquemart-Andre and Île de la Cité. Family-friendly places like Louvre Museum and Palace of Versailles will thrill your kids. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & The Hall of Mirrors). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Washington DC in January since evenings lows in Paris dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee de Grenoble and Fresque des Lyonnais. Kids will enjoy Musee Miniature et Cinema and Colline de Fourviere. Take a break from Lyon with a short trip to Parcours Aventure in Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, and get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) 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 10th (Sun): hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Grave, fly down the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, hit the slopes at Prosneige, then tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, and finally identify plant and animal life at Evolution 2 Val Thorens.

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Traveling by car from Lyon to Val Thorens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Val Thorens are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Meribel.
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Meribel — 3 nights

Family-friendly places like Station de Ski les Saisies and Snowdlight Ski School will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel and Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Plagne. Step out of Meribel with an excursion to Reflex Ski School in Macot-la-Plagne--about 1h 5 min away.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Meribel sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Meribel in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tignes.
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Tignes — 1 night

Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier Botanique, fly down the slopes at The Development Centre - Tignes, do some rugged touring at Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Val d'Isere, then expand your horizons at British Alpine Ski School Val D'Isere, then relax and rejuvenate at Tignes Massage, and finally hit the slopes at Snowtubing Tignes.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tignes holiday maker site.

Traveling by train from Meribel to Tignes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Tignes sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Vallee Blanche and Parasailing & Paragliding. Discover out-of-the-way places like Brevent Cable Car and Telecabine Le Tour Col de Balme. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, explore the activities along Lac Blanc, get outside with Aiguille du Midi, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix day trip planning website.

You can drive from Tignes to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Spas. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Old Town. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Musee Picasso (in Antibes), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nice online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In January in Nice, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Parc National des Calanques and Palais des Papes will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Venture out of the city with trips to Avignon (Rocher des Doms & Pont d'Avignon), Cape Canaille (in Cassis) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Marseille, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathar Castles and Espace Georges Brassens. Kids will enjoy Chateau de Peyrepertuse and Chateau Comtal. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Castillet (in Perpignan), Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins, Marche Victor Hugo, &more) and Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan). There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Aeroscopia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint Nazaire, admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Albi.
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Albi — 1 night

Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, then snap pictures at Pont Vieux, and finally make a trip to Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Albi road trip planning site.

Drive from Carcassonne to Albi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Albi sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can 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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