30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Colmar
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Colmar
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Blois
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally make a trip to Vieille Ville. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, then examine the collection at Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf, then identify plant and animal life at La Volerie des Aigles, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Colmar day trip tool.

Washington DC, USA to Colmar is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Colmar. When traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Colmar, with highs around 51°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly to Nice.
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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.
Bring the kids along to Parc Olbius-Riquier and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Do some cultural sightseeing at Spas and Musée Marc Chagall. Venture out of the city with trips to Dune La Londe (in La Londe Les Maures) and Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nice tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Colmar to Nice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, Nice is a bit warmer than Colmar - with highs of 63°F and lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take a stroll through The Panier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Trolib, explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Arles.
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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 (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, take in the spiritual surroundings of 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 step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then explore the historical opulence of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally stroll through Espiguette Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Arles journey builder tool.

Drive from Marseille to Arles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Arles sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 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.
On the 16th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Le Parc Australien, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, then contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally make a trip to La Porte D'aude. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, then step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Arles to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Monastere Royal de Brou. Bring the kids along to The Presqu'ile and Safari de Peaugres. Change things up with a short trip to La Cite du Chocolat Valrhona in Tain-l'Hermitage (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Carcassonne in November; daily highs in Lyon reach 53°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Blois.
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Blois — 3 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.
Attractions like Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau de Langeais make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Valencay and Palais Jacques-Coeur. Get out of town with these interesting Blois side-trips: Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Cathedrale De Bourges (in Bourges) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Chambord.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Blois attractions website.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Blois takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In November in Blois, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Saint-Malo.
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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.
On the 24th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, then kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, steep yourself in history at Les Remparts de Dinan, then walk around Parc du Thabor, and finally soak in style at Awelys Spa Privatif.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo trip website.

Drive from Blois to Saint-Malo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 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 Memorial de Caen and Pointe du Hoc. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee du debarquement and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, make a trip to Abbaye aux Hommes, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bayeux online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Bayeux are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Amiens.
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Amiens — 1 night

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.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Musee de Picardie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, stop by St-Leu, then appreciate the history behind Australian National Memorial, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Amiens visit app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Amiens in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Amiens sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive 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.
Attractions like Musee d'Orsay and Palace of Versailles make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee des Arts et Metiers and Île de la Cité. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see The Royal Chapel about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Le Marais, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paris driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly 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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