30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Geneva, Fly to Paris
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle
— 4 nights
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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 Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Massif du Tanneron. Discover out-of-the-way places like Place Garibaldi and Musée Marc Chagall. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Lérins Islands & Le Suquet), San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule) and Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) (in Antibes). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nice attractions planner.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Nice is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in February, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 55°F and 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee Departemental Arles Antique and St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime). You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Parc National des Calanques and Vallon des Auffes. Venture out of the city with trips to Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau & Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and visit The Panier.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille tour planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24:

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 25th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Ski Cool, tour the pleasant surroundings at Prosneige, hit the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, hit the slopes at Elements Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Black Forest, and finally fly down the slopes at La Piste des Animaux.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Val Thorens travel planner.

Drive from Marseille to Val Thorens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Marseille in February, with highs in Val Thorens at 46°F and lows at 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

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.
On the 27th (Sat), fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards, take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, then take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, then see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, and finally hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Chamonix route maker app.

Drive from Val Thorens to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 28:

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.
Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and pause for some serene contemplation at La Madeleine.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paris online route maker.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Chamonix to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 5:

Boulogne-sur-Mer

— 3 nights
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Le Touquet Beach and Calais Wine Superstore. Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer and La Coupole are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Boulogne-sur-Mer side-trips: Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie (in Berck) and Parc du Marquenterre (in Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont).

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Boulogne-sur-Mer online trip maker.

Getting from Paris to Boulogne-sur-Mer by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Explore hidden gems such as Pegasus Bridge and Memorial de Caen. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers), Deauville Beach (in Deauville City) and Musee de la Batterie de Merville (in Merville-Franceville-Plage). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and brush up on your military savvy at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip planner.

You can drive from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in March, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:

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 13th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, make a trip to Mont Saint-Michel, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Rennes, stroll around Parc du Thabor, then make a trip to Centre Historique, then enjoy the sea views from Cap Fréhel, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Saint-Malo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

La Rochelle

— 4 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits and Phare des Baleines. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois and Towers of La Rochelle. Explore La Rochelle's surroundings by going to Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou), Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re (in Saint Martin de Re) and Association Hermione-La Fayette (in Rochefort). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, kick back and relax at Plage de Chatelaillon, explore the activities along Vieux Port, and meet the residents at Aquarium La Rochelle.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle tour planner.

Getting from Saint-Malo to La Rochelle by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in March, and nighttime lows around 41°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 18:

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.