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
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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5
Macot-la-Plagne
— 1 night
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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7
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Lérins Islands. Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Musée Marc Chagall. Step out of Nice to go to Cannes and see Le Suquet, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, wander the streets of Old Town, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and shop like a local with Avenue Jean Medecin.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip maker tool.

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. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Washington in March, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can 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.
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 Parc national des Calanques, take a stroll through The Panier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and finally stop by 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.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history 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.
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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.
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 Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Promenade a Cheval La Marisma). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, and step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

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.
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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 drive; or take a train; or take a bus. 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.
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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. 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 gear up at Prosneige, and finally tour along fresh powder with 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 take a bus; or 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.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, fly down the slopes at Aiguille du Midi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then fly down the slopes 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.
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval. Step off the beaten path and head to Théâtre gallo-romain and Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. Step out of Lyon with an excursion to Safari de Peaugres in Peaugres--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, 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.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Juno Beach Centre and Omaha Beach. Kids will enjoy Pointe du Grouin and Bayeux War Cemetery. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Church of Sainte-Mère-Église & Airborne Museum), Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux visit planner.

You can fly from Lyon to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, Bayeux is little chillier than Lyon - with highs of 58°F and lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Boulogne-sur-Mer.
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Boulogne-sur-Mer — 3 nights

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carriere Wellington and Cap Blanc-Nez. Family-friendly places like Calais Wine Superstore and Cathedrale Notre-Dame Boulogne-Sur-Mer will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Boulogne-sur-Mer: Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie (in Berck), La Coupole (in Wizernes) and Blockhaus d'Eperlecques (in Eperlecques).

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Boulogne-sur-Mer online attractions planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Boulogne-sur-Mer can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Kids will enjoy Musee d'Orsay and Palace of Versailles. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see The Trianons & The Hamlet about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Paris online trip maker.

Getting from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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.
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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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