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
Drive
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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 Cite de l'Automobile and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Discover out-of-the-way places like La Volerie des Aigles and Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer. Change things up with these side-trips from Colmar: Musee De L'Impression Sur Etoffes De Mulhouse (in Mulhouse) and Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile (in Ottrott). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden, admire the landmark architecture of Maison Pfister, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Martin, and don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville.

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.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

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 Place Garibaldi and Dune La Londe. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Musée Marc Chagall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and La Chocolaterie du Rocher (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens). The adventure continues: visit Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

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.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:

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.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

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), admire the masterpieces at 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: tour the pleasant surroundings 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.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

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 The Presqu'ile. Explore hidden gems such as Institut & Musee Lumiere and Théâtre gallo-romain. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres) and Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon day trip planning app.

Getting from Arles to Lyon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Arles in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 34°F in Lyon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Blois.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:

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 Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Explore Blois' surroundings by going to Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau), Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais) and Place Plumereau (in Tours). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, admire the landmark architecture of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Photographie.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Blois online attractions planner.

Drive from Lyon to Blois in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. December in Blois sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

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 appreciate the history behind 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 take in the architecture and atmosphere 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.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

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 Musee du debarquement. Get a sense of the local culture at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

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.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

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 Arc de Triomphe. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Fontainebleau and Le Trocadero et son esplanade. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Drive from Amiens to Paris in 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) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.