30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Geneva, Fly to Paris
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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tours
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Rochelle
— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins. Attractions like Place Garibaldi and Lérins Islands make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Le Suquet (in Cannes), Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage) and Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and take in the waterfront activity at Old Harbor (La Darse).

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nice travel itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington in February: high temperatures in Nice hover around 55°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:

Marseille

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Kids will enjoy Parc National des Calanques and Palais des Papes. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau & Vieil Aix) and Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Chateau d'If, wander the streets of The Panier, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip maker site.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:

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. On the 16th (Tue), fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): hit the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, fly down the slopes at Ski Cool, then expand your horizons at Prosneige, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mini Clubs ESF, and finally fly down the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Val Thorens trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Val Thorens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Marseille in February, expect Val Thorens to be little chillier, temps between 46°F and 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:

Chamonix

— 2 nights

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.
On the 18th (Thu), gear up at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, hit the slopes at Aiguille du Midi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Domaine des Planards, take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, then examine the collection at Crystal Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chamonix driving holiday 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee Marmottan Monet and Le Trocadero et son esplanade. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Chamonix to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Paris are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. Explore hidden gems such as Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Pegasus Bridge). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Joseph, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de Grace, and examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bayeux road trip planning site.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Bayeux are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:

Saint-Malo

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Plage du Sillon and Zoo de Champrepus. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pointe du Grouin and Cap Fréhel. Venture out of the city with trips to Parc du Thabor (in Rennes), Chateau de Fougeres (in Fougeres) and Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel Bay, Mont Saint-Michel, &more). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, examine the collection at Musee des Amis des Bisquines et du Vieux Cancale, make a trip to Centre Historique, and hike along GR 34.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Saint-Malo online travel planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tours.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 2:

Tours

— 4 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee des Blindes and Chateau d'Angers. Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Saint-Gatien and Chateau de Cheverny. Venture out of the city with trips to Bourges (Cathedrale De Bourges & Palais Jacques-Coeur), Le Cadre Noir (in Saumur) and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo de La Fleche, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal de Blois, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chateau de Villandry.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tours trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Tours in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Tours, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 6:

La Rochelle

— 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
On the 7th (Sun), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Chatelaillon, then browse the exhibits of Association Hermione-La Fayette, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port. On the next day, make a trip to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, get great views at Clocher Observatoire, then enjoy the sea views from Phare des Baleines, then see the interesting displays at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, and finally don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tours to La Rochelle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. March in La Rochelle sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Parks · Spas · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:

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.