30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 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
Drive
5
Blois
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Colmar
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Nice

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Place Garibaldi and Musée Marc Chagall. Kids will enjoy Vieille Ville and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Step out of Nice to go to Juan-les-Pins and see Easy Dive, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip site.

Chennai, India to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Chennai to Nice, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chennai in November, things will get colder in Nice: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:

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 23rd (Mon): take a stroll through The Panier, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, see the interesting displays at Fondation Vasarely, then browse the exhibits of Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and finally admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Espiguette Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Arles online trip maker.

Getting from Marseille to Arles by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In November, daytime highs in Arles are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne holiday planner.

Drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Blois.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:

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. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Valencay and Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Change things up with these side-trips from Blois: Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau), Place Plumereau (in Tours) and Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, admire the landmark architecture of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, and steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal d'Amboise.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Blois trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Blois in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Carcassonne in November, with highs in Blois at 13°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:

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 1st (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, then get to know the fascinating history of Cap Fréhel, then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Parlement de Bretagne, stroll around Parc du Thabor, contemplate the long history of Les Remparts de Dinan, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint-Malo Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Blois to Saint-Malo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Memorial de Caen and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Kids will enjoy Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Airborne Museum & Church of Sainte-Mère-Église). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux journey planning website.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:

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 6th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Guillemont Road Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Carriere Wellington, stroll the grounds of Australian National Memorial, 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Lochnagar Crater, see the interesting displays at Musee Somme 1916, steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Thiepval Memorial, then don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Train a Vapeur du Beauvaisis.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Amiens trip itinerary website.

Getting from Bayeux to Amiens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Amiens can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Amiens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Paris

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Fontainebleau and Île de la Cité. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee d'Orsay and Palace of Versailles. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Montmartre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read Paris journey planner.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Colmar.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:

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 12th (Sat): make a trip to Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Volerie des Aigles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet, then see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile, and finally see the interesting displays at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Colmar visit planner.

Take a train from Paris to Colmar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Lyon

— 5 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Safari de Peaugres. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon and Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon. Venture out of the city with trips to Annecy (Palais de l'Ile & La Vieille Ville), Dijon (Owl's Trail, Place de la Liberation, &more) and Lac du Bourget (in Aix-les-Bains). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Colmar to Lyon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:

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.