30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Nantes
— 4 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Bus to Geneva Bus Station, Train to Paris
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 1 night
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Nantes

— 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Get some cultural insight at Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier and Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jardin des Plantes and Cite Medievale de Guerande. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Passage du Gois (in Barbatre), Ocearium du Croisic (in Le Croisic) and Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais, step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Angers, and see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nantes trip planner.

Washington, USA to Nantes is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Nantes due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nantes, with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 7:

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 8th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally stop by Cité de Carcassonne.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne visit planning tool.

You can fly from Nantes to Carcassonne in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 8:

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

— 1 night
Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, trot along with a tour on horseback, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip planning website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In March in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 9:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vallon des Auffes and Palais des Papes. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau des Baux de Provence and Zoo De La Barben. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Musee Departemental Arles Antique) and Avignon (Rocher des Doms & Pont d'Avignon). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, don't miss a visit to Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Marseille online journey planner.

Drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In March in Marseille, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:

Nice

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Lérins Islands. Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Suquet and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Île Sainte-Marguerite in Cannes, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 17:

Val Thorens

— 3 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Attractions like Prosneige and Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel and Snowdlight Ski School. Explore Val Thorens' surroundings by going to Mission Black Forest (in Meribel) and La Tania Ski Area (in La Tania). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Ski Cool and stroll through Mini Clubs ESF.

For photos and tourist information, go to the Val Thorens trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Nice to Val Thorens takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nice in March, expect little chillier with lows of 36°F in Val Thorens. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:
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Chamonix

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, then stroll through Vallee Blanche, then stroll through Brevent Cable Car, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, then stroll through Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally don't miss a visit to Glacier des Bossons.

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You can drive from Val Thorens to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Atelier des Lumieres and Hotel de Ville. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris travel route website.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Chamonix to Paris takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. March in Paris sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 27:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Juno Beach Centre and Pointe du Hoc. Attractions like Omaha Beach and Airborne Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel) and Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Bayeux sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, get engrossed in the history at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, then wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

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Drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Rouen sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:

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.