30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 1 night
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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Chamonix
— 1 night
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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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 Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Suquet. Step off the beaten path and head to Lérins Islands and Spas. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)) and Cannes (Île Sainte-Marguerite & La Croisette). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de l'Annonciation dite de Sainte-Rita.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice online road trip planner.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Nice due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington in March since evenings lows in Nice dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take a stroll through The Panier, stroll through Palais du Pharo, get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier de la Barben, wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, explore the galleries of Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Marseille online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Marseille are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can 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 2nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, examine the collection at Musee de L'Inquisition, take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 3 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau des Baux de Provence and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Grignan, explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, admire the striking features of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, and admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Avignon sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Macot-la-Plagne.
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Macot-la-Plagne — 1 night

On the 6th (Tue), get all the equipment you need at Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre, fly down the slopes at ESF Belle Plagne, fly down the slopes at Belle Plagne, then stroll through Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, then hit the slopes at La Plagne, and finally fly down the slopes at Reflex Ski School.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Macot-la-Plagne tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Macot-la-Plagne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Macot-la-Plagne are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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 7th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Ski Cool, fly down the slopes at Prosneige, hit the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then hit the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, and finally fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Val Thorens trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Macot-la-Plagne in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Val Thorens, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip planner.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Chamonix takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to 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.
Kids will enjoy Musee Miniature et Cinema and Safari de Peaugres. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Théâtre gallo-romain and Fresque des Lyonnais. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to La Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April in Lyon, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can fly to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 4 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 Juno Beach Centre and Pointe du Grouin. Get a sense of the local culture at Mont Saint-Michel and Memorial de Caen. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville) and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lyon in April; daily highs in Bayeux reach 58°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.
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Boulogne-sur-Mer — 3 nights

Kids will enjoy Mareis and Parc du Marquenterre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedrale Notre-Dame Boulogne-Sur-Mer and Maison de la Miniature. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Boulogne-sur-Mer: Blockhaus d'Eperlecques (in Eperlecques), La Coupole (in Wizernes) and Calais Wine Superstore (in Calais).

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Boulogne-sur-Mer trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In April in Boulogne-sur-Mer, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Musee d'Orsay and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Temple de l'Amour). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Le Marais, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, and stop by Montmartre.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online itinerary planner.

Drive from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Paris sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel 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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