30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Albi
— 1 night
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Fontainebleau and Adrien Kavachnina. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): wander the streets of St-Leu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, then get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, then learn about all things military at Sir John Monash Centre, and finally admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens. On your second day here, examine the collection at Musee Somme 1916, contemplate the long history of Lochnagar Crater, steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Samaris.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Amiens trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Amiens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Memorial de Caen. Attractions like Church of Sainte-Mère-Église and Notre Dame de Grace make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale), Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur) and Deauville Beach (in Deauville City). The adventure continues: take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, pause for some photo ops at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Bayeux are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Lyon

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. Bring the kids along to Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption and L'Aventure Michelin. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Dijon (Place de la Liberation, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, &more), Clermont-Ferrand (Jardin Lecoq & B'up) and Grenoble (Musee de Grenoble & Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lyon road trip site.

You can fly from Bayeux to Lyon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bayeux in December since evenings lows in Lyon dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

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 31st (Thu): learn and have fun at Prosneige, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cool, fly down the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, then explore the activities along Lac de Tueda, and finally stop by La Belle en Cuisse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Val Thorens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Val Thorens, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Strasbourg

— 4 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Attractions like Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg make great kid-friendly stops. Do some cultural sightseeing at Œuvre de la cathédrale and Eglise St-Martin. Venture out of the city with trips to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim), Colmar (Old Town, Maison Pfister, &more) and Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster (in Ebersmunster). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, and make a trip to Vieille Ville.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Strasbourg road trip site.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Strasbourg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in January, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lérins Islands and Place Garibaldi. Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins and Le Suquet are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Abbaye de Valbonne (in Valbonne), Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes) and A.I.R. Vallauris (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Photographie Charles Negre.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nice planner.

Fly from Strasbourg to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Strasbourg in January: high temperatures in Nice hover around 56°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palais Longchamp and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Vieil Aix and Cours Mirabeau are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence to see Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, head off the coast to Chateau d'If, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Discover how to plan a Marseille trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in January, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Albi.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 13th (Wed), admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, get engrossed in the history at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then snap pictures at Pont Vieux, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Albi trip builder website.

Fly from Marseille to Albi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marseille in January: highs in Albi hover around 49°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 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.