30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, Drive to Albi
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Albi
— 1 night
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg
— 4 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Amiens
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Quartier Du Castelviel, examine the collection at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, take in the views from Pont Vieux, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Albi online driving holiday planner.

Washington DC, USA to Albi is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Albi are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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.
Palais Longchamp and The Panier are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parc National des Calanques and Vieil Aix. Venture out of the city with trips to Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Cours Mirabeau). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Marseille travel route planner.

You can drive from Albi to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. When traveling from Albi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

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 Spas. Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Suquet and Vieille Ville. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes), Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and make a trip to Place Massena.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nice online travel planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in January, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

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.
Bring the kids along to Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Alsatian Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Œuvre de la cathédrale and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Strasbourg: Colmar (Old Town, Musée d'Unterlinden, &more), Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr) and Tour des Bouchers (in Ribeauville). The adventure continues: make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, examine the collection at Cite de l'Automobile, admire the striking features of Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Nice to Strasbourg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nice in January, with highs in Strasbourg at 42°F and lows at 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

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 12th (Tue): stroll through Mission Black Forest, hit the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, then fly down the slopes at Ski Cool, then hit the slopes at Prosneige, and finally stop by La Belle en Cuisse. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Val Thorens day trip site.

Drive from Strasbourg to Val Thorens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. January in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Théâtre gallo-romain. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste and Cite medievale de Perouges. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere & Musee de Grenoble). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Lyon, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Church of Sainte-Mère-Église and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Memorial de Caen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). Next up on the itinerary: witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, make a trip to Mont Saint-Michel, enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

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You can fly from Lyon to Bayeux in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. January in Bayeux sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:

Amiens

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens and Maison de Jules Verne. Discover out-of-the-way places like Centre Historique Mnier and Carriere Wellington. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amiens: Arras (Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery & Grand Place), Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie (in Berck) and Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage). Next up on the itinerary: visit St-Leu and admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the 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. January in Amiens sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Amiens

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Île de la Cité and Halle St-Pierre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

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Traveling by car from Amiens to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Paris are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:

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.