30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 1 night
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 1 night
Drive
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Suquet. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lérins Islands and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and wander the streets of Avenue Jean Medecin.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nice day trip site.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Nice. Traveling from Washington in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 47°F in Nice. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 19:

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 20th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take a stroll through The Panier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

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 22nd (Mon): wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole.

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

Fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 22:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Jardins de la Fontaine. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, &more), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Eglise St-Trophime (in Arles). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Avignon are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:

Macot-la-Plagne

— 1 night
On the 26th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Reflex Ski School, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Plagne, hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, then fly down the slopes at Belle Plagne, and finally fly down the slopes at ESF Belle Plagne.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Macot-la-Plagne online vacation maker.

You can drive from Avignon to Macot-la-Plagne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Macot-la-Plagne are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:

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 27th (Sat), hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): expand your horizons at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, then fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Prosneige, and finally hit the slopes at Ski Cool.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Val Thorens day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, get great views at Aiguille du Midi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then get great views at Brevent Cable Car, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chamonix holiday planner.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Chamonix in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Fresque des Lyonnais. Step off the beaten path and head to Théâtre gallo-romain and Colline de Fourviere. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Estades Lyon.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. March in Lyon sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Bayeux.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:

Bayeux

— 4 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 Juno Beach Centre and Memorial de Caen. Kids will enjoy Omaha Beach and Airborne Museum. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer.

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You can fly from Lyon to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in April, expect Bayeux to be a bit cooler, temps between 58°F and 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 5:

Boulogne-sur-Mer

— 3 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nausicaa and Cap Blanc-Nez. Attractions like Carriere Wellington and Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Boulogne-sur-Mer side-trips: La Coupole (in Saint-Omer), Blockhaus d'Eperlecques (in Eperlecques) and Calais Wine Superstore (in Calais).

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Boulogne-sur-Mer trip maker website.

Drive from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Kids will enjoy Louvre Museum and Île de la Cité. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see The Trianons & The Hamlet about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary tool.

You can 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 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 13:

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.