30 days in France Itinerary

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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Meribel
— 3 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Musee de Grenoble and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Explore hidden gems such as Colline de Fourviere and Fresque des Lyonnais. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere & Musee Dauphinois), La Clusaz (in La Clusaz) and Annecy (Pont des Amours, La Vieille Ville, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip itinerary planning tool.

Washington, USA to Lyon is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in January, Lyon is a bit warmer at night with lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Meribel.
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Meribel — 3 nights

Kids will enjoy Station de Ski les Saisies and Snowdlight Ski School. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel and Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Val d'Isere. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Meribel: Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School & Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Plagne).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Meribel visit planner.

Drive from Lyon to Meribel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Lyon in February, expect nights in Meribel to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are little chillier, around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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. On the 5th (Fri), hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at St Martin de Belleville, hit the slopes at La Grave, fly down the slopes at Val Thorens Toboggan Run, then hit the slopes at Prosneige, and finally see the winter wonderland with Ski Cool.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens journey planner.

You can drive from Meribel to Val Thorens in 1.5 hours. February in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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.
Family-friendly places like Vallee Blanche and Parasailing & Paragliding will thrill your kids. Musee Alpin and Musee des Cristaux are good opportunities to explore the local culture. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, hit the slopes at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Getting from Val Thorens to Chamonix by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Place Garibaldi. Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Musée Marc Chagall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Musee Picasso, &more). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In February in Nice, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Cathédrale La Major. Explore hidden gems such as Parc National des Calanques and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Avignon (Rocher des Doms, Palais des Papes, &more), Parc du Mugel (in La Ciotat) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, wander the streets of The Panier, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and stop by Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Marseille travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathar Castles and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. Kids will appreciate attractions like Chateau de Peyrepertuse and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec & Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy) and Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, and steep yourself in history at La Bastide Saint Louis.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip planning site.

You can fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly to Paris.
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Musee Jacquemart-Andre. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Musee d'Orsay and Palace of Versailles. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & The Trianons & The Hamlet). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

For maps and other tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne in February, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are slightly colder, around 46°F. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon 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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