30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner

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Nantes
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Train to Genève, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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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
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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 Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers. Explore hidden gems such as Jardin des Plantes and Chateau d'Angers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nantes: Chateau de Brissac (in Brissac-Quince), Terra Botanica (in Angers) and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, get engrossed in the history at Musee des Blindes, and see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nantes online travel planner.

Washington, USA to Nantes is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nantes, with lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Juno Beach Centre and Airborne Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mont Saint-Michel and Pointe du Grouin. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bayeux travel planner.

Getting from Nantes to Bayeux by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 1:

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 Eiffel Tower. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Musee d'Orsay and Disneyland Paris. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris tour app.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 6:

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 7th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, take some stellar pictures from Aiguille du Midi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, then stroll through Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally fly down the slopes at Loisirs Assis Evasion.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chamonix road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:

Macot-la-Plagne

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): fly down the slopes at ESF PLagne 1800, fly down the slopes at Reflex Ski School, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Plagne, then get outside with snow panthers motoneige, and finally hit the slopes at ESF Belle Plagne. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Evolution 2 Val d'Isere, then hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, then fly down the slopes at SkiBro Technologies, and finally fly down the slopes at Courchevel.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Macot-la-Plagne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Macot-la-Plagne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): hit the slopes at Ski Cool, fly down the slopes at Prosneige, stroll through Mini Clubs ESF, fly down the slopes at Elements Park, then hit the slopes at Mission Black Forest, and finally fly down the slopes at St Martin de Belleville. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Val Thorens trip maker tool.

Getting from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Macot-la-Plagne in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Val Thorens: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne day trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Carcassonne in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 13:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer route builder website.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Marseille.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vallon des Auffes and Chateau des Baux de Provence. Family-friendly places like Calanques and Palais des Papes will thrill your kids. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Rocher des Doms) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Marseille online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:

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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Suquet are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more) and La Croisette (in Cannes). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, make a trip to Place Massena, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya.

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You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April in Nice, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 22:

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.