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
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Fly
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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
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Amiens
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Colmar — 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musée d'Unterlinden and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Discover out-of-the-way places like La Volerie des Aigles and Old Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Colmar: Mulhouse (Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer, Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf, &more) and Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile (in Ottrott). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee du Jouet, make a trip to Vieille Ville, admire the landmark architecture of Maison Pfister, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Martin.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Colmar trip builder site.

Washington DC, USA to Colmar is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Traveling from Washington DC to Colmar, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in November, you will find days in Colmar are slightly colder (51°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nice.
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Spas and Musée Marc Chagall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Place Garibaldi and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Dune La Londe (in La Londe Les Maures), La Chocolaterie du Rocher (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens) and Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence). The adventure continues: visit Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Colmar to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Colmar in November: high temperatures in Nice hover around 63°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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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.
On the 4th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, wander the streets of The Panier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, don't miss a visit to Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, stop by Cours Mirabeau, then steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally don't miss a visit to La corniche.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Marseille itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nice in December since evenings lows in Marseille dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Arles.
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Arles — 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montmajour, then admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon. Keep things going the next day: 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, admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then stroll through Espiguette Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Arles route builder.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Marseille, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Arles, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Miniature et Cinema and Safari de Peaugres. Family-friendly places like Institut & Musee Lumiere and Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon will thrill your kids. Take a break from Lyon with a short trip to La Cite du Chocolat Valrhona in Tain-l'Hermitage, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Presqu'ile, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planner.

Getting from Arles to Lyon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lyon when traveling from Arles in December, with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Blois.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Valencay and Chateau de Villandry. Kids will enjoy Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. Explore Blois' surroundings by going to Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais), Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye) and Tours (Place Plumereau & Cathedrale Saint-Gatien). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny and admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Photographie.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Blois road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Blois takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In December in Blois, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can 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 14th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, get to know the fascinating history of Cap Fréhel, 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 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Parlement de Bretagne, walk around Parc du Thabor, take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, then get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, and finally steep yourself in history at Saint-Malo Cathedral.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Blois to Saint-Malo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Blois in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 41°F in Saint-Malo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Step off the beaten path and head to Memorial de Caen and Pointe du Hoc. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee du debarquement and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and get outside with Omaha Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Saint-Malo to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In December in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Amiens.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Guillemont Road Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Carriere Wellington, stroll the grounds of Australian National Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally take a stroll through St-Leu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Thiepval Memorial, steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, then see the interesting displays at Musee Somme 1916, then contemplate the long history of Lochnagar Crater, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de Picardie.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Amiens journey builder app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Amiens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 20th (Sun) early enough 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.
You've now added Musee Rodin to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee d'Orsay and Eiffel Tower. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Fontainebleau and Île de la Cité. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, don't miss a visit to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paris trip maker site.

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 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly 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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