30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Bus to Annecy
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Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly to Nantes, Drive to Honfleur
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Honfleur
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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Annecy — 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Station de Ski les Saisies and Oxygene Ski School La Plagne. Kids will enjoy Pont des Amours and Reflex Ski School. Get out of town with these interesting Annecy side-trips: La Clusaz (in La Clusaz) and La Plagne (in La Plagne-Tarentaise). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Semnoz, examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Paquier.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Annecy day trip site.

Washington DC, USA to Annecy is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Annecy is 6 hours. January in Annecy sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vallee Blanche and Lac Blanc. Family-friendly places like Brevent Cable Car and Aiguille des Grands Montets will thrill your kids. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Cristaux.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip planner.

You can drive from Annecy to Chamonix in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) 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 12th (Tue): hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Prosneige, tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, fly down the slopes at Elements Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Black Forest, and finally identify plant and animal life at Lac de Tueda.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Val Thorens visit planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Val Thorens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Val Thorens, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Musee de Grenoble and Colline de Fourviere are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Institut & Musee Lumiere. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon tour app.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, examine the collection at Musee de L'Inquisition, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parc National des Calanques and Cathédrale La Major. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Palais des Papes. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Pont d'Avignon (in Avignon), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Cours Mirabeau, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, look for gifts at Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, get a taste of the local shopping with Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

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You can fly from Carcassonne to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Spas. Get some cultural insight at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: La Croisette (in Cannes), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in January, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Honfleur.
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Honfleur — 4 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Notre Dame de Grace. Family-friendly places like Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Abbaye aux Hommes will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Honfleur: Le Havre (Eglise St-Joseph & Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa), Bayeux (Cathedrale Notre-Dame & Bayeux War Cemetery) and Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc, learn about all things military at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and make a trip to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Honfleur journey planner.

Getting from Nice to Honfleur by combination of flight and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Honfleur is slightly colder than Nice - with highs of 45°F and lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to 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 Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, wander the streets of Le Marais, and shop like a local with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Paris online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight 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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