30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France planner
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Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Lyon
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Strasbourg
— 4 nights
Train
6
Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
7
Amiens
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Fly
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Albi
— 2 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.
Attractions like Lérins Islands and Le Suquet make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musée Marc Chagall and Palais Lascaris. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins), Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more) and Antibes (Marché provençal & Musee Picasso). The adventure continues: visit Old Town, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse.

Plan my day in Nice using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Chennai, India to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Nice is minus 4.5 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Chennai in December, with highs in Nice at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palais Longchamp and Chateau d'If. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Parc National des Calanques and Vieil Aix. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Cours Mirabeau, &more) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Parc national des Calanques, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and visit The Panier.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marseille online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Marseille, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can 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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get all the equipment you need at Prosneige, tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, then fly down the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piste des Animaux, and finally stop by La Belle en Cuisse. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Val Thorens trip itinerary planner.

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. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Marseille in December; daily highs in Val Thorens reach 9°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Théâtre gallo-romain. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon and Cite medievale de Perouges. Go for a jaunt from Lyon to Solutre-Pouilly to see La Roche de Solutre about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lyon trip planning site.

Getting from Val Thorens to Lyon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Strasbourg.
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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.
Vieille ville d'Eguisheim and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Attractions like Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Old Town make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Strasbourg: Tour des Bouchers (in Ribeauville), Metz (Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz, Œuvre de la cathédrale, &more) and Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Le Vaisseau, make a trip to Place Kleber, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Martin, and take an in-depth tour of Musée d'Unterlinden.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Strasbourg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a train 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Île de la Cité and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & Palace of Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Paris travel planner.

Take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Amiens.
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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 29th (Tue): visit St-Leu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de Picardie, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Be Baie. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Train a Vapeur du Beauvaisis, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of Carriere Wellington, and finally get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Amiens trip maker website.

You can drive from Paris to Amiens in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December in Amiens, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Family-friendly places like Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Memorial de Caen will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Pegasus Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique (in Ouistreham), Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur) and Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Church of Sainte-Mère-Église & Airborne Museum). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, and admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

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Getting from Amiens to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Albi.
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Albi — 2 nights

Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 4th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Quartier Du Castelviel, admire the natural beauty at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, snap pictures at Pont Vieux, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, then explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and finally admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Albi vacation maker website.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Albi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Albi sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can 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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