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
Fly
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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 Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Get some cultural insight at Notre Dame de Grace and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. Explore Honfleur's surroundings by going to Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), Le Havre (Eglise St-Joseph & Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa) and Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, make a trip to Vieux Bassin, take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Honfleur online trip itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Honfleur is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Honfleur. Traveling from Washington in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 36°F in Honfleur. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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 Musee d'Orsay and Musee Jacquemart-Andre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ile Saint-Louis and The Trianons & The Hamlet. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Galerie des Carrosses). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Paris are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly 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 appreciate the extensive heritage of 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 3 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 fly 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 Parc National des Calanques and Musee d'Histoire de Marseille. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Cathédrale La Major. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, and get engrossed in the history 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 flight from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. 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

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Spas. Bring the kids along to Place Garibaldi and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nice tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors

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 Step Into the Void. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, and see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chamonix trip itinerary website.

Getting from Nice to Chamonix by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can 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

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:

Meribel

— 3 nights
Kids will appreciate attractions like Station de Ski les Saisies and Oxygene Ski School La Plagne. Explore hidden gems such as La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel and Snowdlight Ski School. 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 · Winter Sports · Parks

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 Fresque des Lyonnais. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Miniature et Cinema and Colline de Fourviere. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors (in Lans-en-Vercors), Annecy (Pont des Amours, La Vieille Ville, &more) and Grenoble (Musee Dauphinois & Saint-Laurent Archaeological Museum). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lyon trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Meribel to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off 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 · 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.