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
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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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 admire the masterpieces at 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.
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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 Parc national des 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 Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, 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.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vieille Ville and Le Suquet. 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). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, and get a taste of the local shopping with Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can 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.
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: Tour des Bouchers (in Ribeauville), Colmar (Old Town, Musée d'Unterlinden, &more) and Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr). The adventure continues: make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, examine the collection at Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf, admire the striking features of Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz, and meet the residents at Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix.

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 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 travel 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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): stroll through Mission Black Forest, hit the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, then see the winter wonderland with 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.
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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 de Lyon and Colline de Fourviere. 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, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

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 3 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.
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Memorial de Caen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel Bay, Mont Saint-Michel, &more), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Airborne Museum & Church of Sainte-Mère-Église). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Omaha Beach Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Amiens.
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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 Carriere Wellington. Discover out-of-the-way places like Centre Historique Mnier and Le Touquet Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amiens: Arras (Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery & Grand Place) and Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie (in Berck). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, and stop by St-Leu.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Amiens tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Amiens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive 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.
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 ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville.

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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 catch the flight 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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