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
Fly
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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
— 1 night
Train
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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
— 2 nights
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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 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Old Town, then examine the collection at Musee du Jouet, then step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally make a trip to Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, then see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile, then identify plant and animal life at La Volerie des Aigles, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colmar tour app.

Washington DC, USA to Colmar is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Colmar is 6 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Colmar: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:

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.
Kids will enjoy Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Vieille Ville. Get a sense of the local culture at Place Garibaldi and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Place Massena, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

Getting from Colmar to Nice by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Colmar in November, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 63°F and 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take a stroll through The Panier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally don't miss a visit to Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, then browse the exhibits of Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and finally examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 2nd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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 contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montmajour, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, trot along with a tour on horseback, then admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Espiguette Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Arles online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Marseille in December, you will find days in Arles are little chillier (51°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

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.
On the 4th (Fri), take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Arles to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Institut & Musee Lumiere. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safari de Peaugres and Cite medievale de Perouges. The adventure continues: stop by The Presqu'ile, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste, and find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip site.

Getting from Carcassonne to Lyon by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. While traveling from Carcassonne, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lyon, ranging from highs of 47°F to lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Blois.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

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.
Chateau de Valencay and Chateau de Langeais are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will enjoy Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. Venture out of the city with trips to Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Tours (Place Plumereau & Cathedrale Saint-Gatien). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Photographie.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Blois trip maker.

You can drive from Lyon to Blois in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Blois are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, visit a coastal fixture at Cap Fréhel, then don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, then stroll through Plage du Sillon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint-Malo Cathedral.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo road trip website.

Drive from Blois to Saint-Malo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Blois in December, Saint-Malo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Memorial de Caen and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee du debarquement and Omaha Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bayeux online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Amiens

— 2 nights

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 16th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Train a Vapeur du Beauvaisis, don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, relax and rejuvenate at Samaris, take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally wander the streets of St-Leu. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Australian National Memorial, appreciate the history behind Thiepval Memorial, examine the collection at Musee Somme 1916, then contemplate the long history of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, and finally learn about all things military at Carriere Wellington.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Amiens trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Bayeux to Amiens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Amiens sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Fontainebleau and Île de la Cité. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee d'Orsay and Arc de Triomphe. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paris day trip website.

You can drive from Amiens to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.