30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Colmar
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Colmar
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Train
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Blois
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Colmar

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally make a trip to Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, examine the collection at Cite de l'Automobile, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Volerie des Aigles, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet.

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Washington DC, USA to Colmar is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or fly. Traveling from Washington DC to Colmar, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in November: highs in Colmar hover around 51°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Place Garibaldi and Vieille Ville. Attractions like Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Spas make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

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You can fly from Colmar to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Colmar in November; daily highs in Nice reach 63°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:

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.
On the 14th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, take a stroll through The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally make a trip to La corniche. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then visit Cours Mirabeau, then browse the exhibits of Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime, take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Espiguette Beach, admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Arles trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

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.
On the 18th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

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You can drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:

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.
Family-friendly places like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Safari de Peaugres will thrill your kids. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Presqu'ile and Théâtre gallo-romain. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon day trip website.

You can take a train from Carcassonne to Lyon in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Carcassonne in November, things will get little chillier in Lyon: highs are around 53°F and lows about 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Blois.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:

Blois

— 3 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Valencay and Chateau Royal de Blois. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Chateau de Langeais and Château de l'Islette. Explore Blois' surroundings by going to Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau), Cathedrale Saint-Gatien (in Tours) and Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Photographie, and admire the striking features of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Blois route maker tool.

You can drive from Lyon to Blois in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. November in Blois sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

Saint-Malo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, then don't miss a visit to Cap Fréhel, then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Parlement de Bretagne, walk around Parc du Thabor, get to know the fascinating history of Les Remparts de Dinan, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Blois to Saint-Malo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in November, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Memorial de Caen and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee du debarquement and Pointe du Hoc. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Amiens.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

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.
On the 30th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, see the interesting displays at Train a Vapeur du Beauvaisis, explore the different monuments and memorials at Australian National Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, then make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally take a stroll through St-Leu. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Ancre British Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Thiepval Memorial, then contemplate the long history of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, then see the interesting displays at Musee Somme 1916, and finally stroll the grounds of Albert Communal Cemetery Extension.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amiens trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Amiens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Amiens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Fontainebleau and Pantheon. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee d'Orsay and Eiffel Tower. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, take a stroll through Le Marais, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.