30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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Chamonix
— 1 night
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall. Step out of Nice with an excursion to Le Suquet in Cannes--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nice holiday planner.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in March, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): wander the streets of The Panier, examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, then admire the natural beauty at Palais du Pharo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Parc national des Calanques, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally stop by Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Marseille are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 3 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée. Explore hidden gems such as Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes), Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Chateau des Baux de Provence) and Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, and explore the fascinating underground world of Caverne du Pont-d'Arc.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Avignon vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.
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Macot-la-Plagne — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll through Belle Plagne, stroll through ESF Belle Plagne, hit the slopes at Reflex Ski School, fly down the slopes at La Plagne, then hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, and finally fly down the slopes at ESF PLagne 1800. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at SkiBro Technologies, fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, then see the world from above with Peisey Mountain Fly, and finally fly down the slopes at Courchevel.

To find out how to plan a trip to Macot-la-Plagne, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Macot-la-Plagne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. April in Macot-la-Plagne sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Tueda, fly down the slopes at Elements Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at St Martin de Belleville, then fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then pick up some new knowledge with Prosneige, and finally see the winter wonderland with Ski Cool.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Val Thorens itinerary site.

Getting from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Macot-la-Plagne in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Val Thorens: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Chamonix takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee Miniature et Cinema and Fresque des Lyonnais. Get some cultural insight at Institut & Musee Lumiere and Théâtre gallo-romain. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lyon trip builder tool.

You can drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Lyon are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow 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 Omaha Beach Memorial Museum and Airborne Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mont Saint-Michel and Pointe du Grouin. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, appreciate the history behind Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Bayeux vacation website.

You can fly from Lyon to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in April, expect Bayeux to be slightly colder, temps between 58°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.
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Boulogne-sur-Mer — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): learn about all things military at La Coupole, then take some stellar pictures from Cap Gris-Nez, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame Boulogne-Sur-Mer, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Nausicaa. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore, explore the striking landscape at Cap Blanc-Nez, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Mareis.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Boulogne-sur-Mer day trip planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Boulogne-sur-Mer are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) 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.
Attractions like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay make great kid-friendly stops. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Palace of Versailles. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see The Trianons & The Hamlet, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

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

Getting from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon 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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