30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
4
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 Le Suquet. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musée Marc Chagall and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Venture out of the city with trips to San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) (in Antibes) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Massif du Tanneron, steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nice online visit planner.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Nice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in February, expect Nice to be a bit 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.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Parc National des Calanques and Vallon des Auffes. Venture out of the city with trips to Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime)), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence). 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.
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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. 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: tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, gear up 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.
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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 Musee des Cristaux, 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.
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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.
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 La Madeleine. 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 striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris itinerary planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Paris by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in February, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.
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Boulogne-sur-Mer — 3 nights

You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Promenade des Remparts and Le Touquet Beach. Cathedrale Notre-Dame 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), Parc du Marquenterre (in Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont) and Calais Wine Superstore (in Calais).

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Boulogne-sur-Mer day trip website.

You can drive from Paris to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. March in Boulogne-sur-Mer sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
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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 Chemin des Douaniers and Memorial de Caen. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Musee de la Batterie de Merville (in Merville-Franceville-Plage), Pegasus Bridge (in Ranville) and Deauville Beach (in Deauville City). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Bayeux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to 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 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.
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits and Phare des Baleines. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois and Musee Maritime de La Rochelle. Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Hermione - La Fayette (in Anglet), Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou) and Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re (in Saint Martin de Re). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Vieux Port, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Le Bunker de La Rochelle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Chatelaillon.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to La Rochelle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. March in La Rochelle sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 41°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Thu) before leaving for 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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