30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour planner

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Fly to Paris-Orly Airport, Drive to Honfleur
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Meribel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Honfleur

— 3 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Notre Dame de Grace. Get some cultural insight at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Historial Jeanne d’Arc. Explore Honfleur's surroundings by going to Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen), Le Havre (Eglise St-Joseph & Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin, and witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Honfleur trip planner.

Washington, USA to Honfleur is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Honfleur due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Honfleur, with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Jacquemart-Andre and Île de la Cité. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Montmartre, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

You can drive from Honfleur to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:

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 31st (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne vacation planning tool.

Getting from Paris to Carcassonne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee d'Histoire de Marseille and Parc National des Calanques. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Palais Longchamp. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange) and Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, and explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. January in Marseille sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Place Garibaldi. Bring the kids along to Musée Marc Chagall and Musee Picasso. Step out of Nice with an excursion to Station de Ski L'Audibergue in Andon--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, examine the collection at Mission Promenade des Anglais, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, and take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nice road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:

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.
Attractions like Vallee Blanche and Aiguille des Grands Montets make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Brevent Cable Car and Parasailing & Paragliding. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get outside with Lac Bleu, and fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

Plan trip to Chamonix with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Nice to Chamonix takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:

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 11th (Thu), fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at St Martin de Belleville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mini Clubs ESF, then hit the slopes at Prosneige, then stroll through Ski Cool, and finally fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Val Thorens trip planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Val Thorens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Meribel.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:

Meribel

— 3 nights
Kids will appreciate attractions like Station de Ski les Saisies and La Tania Ski Area. Explore hidden gems such as La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel and Oxygene Ski School La Plagne. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Meribel: Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School & ESF Belle Plagne).

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Meribel travel route planning website.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Meribel in 1.5 hours. February in Meribel sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Meribel

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:

Lyon

— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Musee de Grenoble and Pont des Amours. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Miniature et Cinema and La Vieille Ville. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Parasailing & Paragliding (in Annecy), Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors (in Lans-en-Vercors) and Grenoble (Musee Dauphinois & Archaeological Museum). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lyon route builder website.

Drive from Meribel to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. February in Lyon sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:

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.