30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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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
Fly
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg
— 4 nights
Fly to Lyon, Shuttle to Val Thorens
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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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, get to know the fascinating history of Le Quartier Du Castelviel, examine the collection at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, then take in the views from Pont Vieux, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Albi trip website.

Washington DC, USA to Albi is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Albi can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Albi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

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 Calanques. Venture out of the city with trips to Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Aix-en-Provence (Vieil Aix, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Marseille road trip site.

Getting from Albi to Marseille by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. 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) so you can 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 Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Suquet and Rue d'Antibes. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins), Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and La Croisette (in Cannes). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Place Massena, and take in the exciting artwork at Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI.

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 fly 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. 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.
Bring the kids along to Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Œuvre de la cathédrale and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim. 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). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum, make a trip to Barrage Vauban, see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile, and admire the landmark architecture of Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz.

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

Traveling by flight from Nice to Strasbourg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nice in January; daily highs in Strasbourg reach 42°F and lows reach 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Strasbourg to Val Thorens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · 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 Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. Do some cultural sightseeing at Théâtre gallo-romain and Fresque des Lyonnais. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere & Musee de Grenoble) and Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lyon trip itinerary site.

Getting from Val Thorens to Lyon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Lyon sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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 Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur) and Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, witness the site of a historic battle 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 3 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 St-Leu. Discover out-of-the-way places like Centre Historique Mnier and Carriere Wellington. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amiens: Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage), Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie (in Berck) and Arras (Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery & Grand Place). It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne and admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Amiens road trip app.

Getting from Bayeux to Amiens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Amiens can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Amiens

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · 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 The Trianons & The Hamlet. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & Palace of Versailles). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to fly 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 · 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.