30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Blois
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Train
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
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Colmar
— 2 nights
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Paris

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee d'Orsay and Palace of Versailles. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Le Trocadero et son esplanade and PHONO Museum Paris. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Galerie des Carrosses about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

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Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Paris, with highs around 51°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

Amiens

— 2 nights

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Etienne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, see the interesting displays at Train a Vapeur du Beauvaisis, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Australian National Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Ancre British Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Thiepval Memorial, contemplate the long history of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, then see the interesting displays at Musee Somme 1916, then stroll the grounds of Gordon Dump Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of Devonshire Cemetery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Amiens trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Paris to Amiens in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in November, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amiens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get a sense of the local culture at Memorial de Caen and Pointe du Hoc. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee du debarquement and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, get engrossed in the history at Juno Beach Centre, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

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Getting from Amiens to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Bayeux are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Saint-Malo

— 2 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): make a trip to Tour du Nord, admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Marche aux Huitres. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral, make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, then visit a coastal fixture at Cap Fréhel, and finally don't miss a visit to Fort La Latte.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo travel route builder website.

Drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Blois.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

Blois

— 4 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Valencay and Chateau de Villandry. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau Royal de Blois and Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Explore Blois' surroundings by going to Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, don't miss a visit to Place Plumereau, and steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal d'Amboise.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Blois road trip tool.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Blois in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint-Malo in December, expect little chillier with lows of 35°F in Blois. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee Miniature et Cinema and Safari de Peaugres. Family-friendly places like Institut & Musee Lumiere and Monastere Royal de Brou will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon planning website.

Traveling by car from Blois to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Lyon sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Arles.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Baux de Provence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then explore the historical opulence of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally kick back and relax at Espiguette Beach.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Arles trip maker app.

You can take a train from Lyon to Arles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December in Arles, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Roman Theatre of Orange. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vallon des Auffes and The Panier. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Sentier Jean Francois Jube (in Le Pradet), Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence) and La Londe Les Maures (Daskalides Chocolatier & Dune La Londe). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in December, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

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 Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Discover out-of-the-way places like Saint-Paul de Vence and Musée Marc Chagall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice, make a trip to Place Massena, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planning website.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Colmar

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 23rd (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden, then make a trip to Old Town, then make a trip to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile and then examine the collection at Musee du Jouet.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colmar road trip planning site.

Getting from Nice to Colmar by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, things will get slightly colder in Colmar: highs are around 46°F and lows about 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

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.