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
Drive
4
Avignon
— 3 nights
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5
Macot-la-Plagne
— 1 night
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6
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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7
Chamonix
— 1 night
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Lyon
— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Get a sense of the local culture at Lérins Islands and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Step out of Nice with an excursion to La Croisette in Cannes--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, and shop like a local with Avenue Jean Medecin.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nice journey app.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Nice is 6 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Washington in March since evenings lows in Nice dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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.
On the 24th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Palais du Pharo, make a trip to Parc National des Calanques, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and finally stop by Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. On your second day here, stop by The Panier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and finally explore the striking landscape at Parc national des Calanques.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) 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 26th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne trip itinerary site.

Getting from Marseille to Carcassonne by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau des Baux de Provence and Roman Theatre of Orange. Venture out of the city with trips to Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes), Arles (Eglise St-Trophime, Musee Departemental Arles Antique, &more) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes, and admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Avignon tour website.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Avignon are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.
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Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:

Macot-la-Plagne — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): hit the slopes at Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre, stroll through ESF Belle Plagne, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reflex Ski School, fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Plagne, and finally get outside with snow panthers motoneige.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Macot-la-Plagne online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Avignon to Macot-la-Plagne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Macot-la-Plagne are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can 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. On the 31st (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Ski Cool, hit the slopes at Prosneige, then fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elements Park, and finally hit the slopes at La Grave.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Val Thorens vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Val Thorens are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive 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 2nd (Fri): get great views at Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chamonix online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Lyon.
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Lyon — 4 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Colline de Fourviere. Get a sense of the local culture at Institut & Musee Lumiere and Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Annecy (Palais de l'Ile, La Vieille Ville, &more), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, don't miss a visit to Fresque des Lyonnais, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lyon vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mont Saint-Michel and Pointe du Grouin. Kids will appreciate attractions like Juno Beach Centre and Omaha Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux driving holiday planner.

Fly from Lyon to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, Bayeux is a bit cooler than Lyon - with highs of 58°F and lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Boulogne-sur-Mer.
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Boulogne-sur-Mer — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get great views at Cap Gris-Nez, then look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore, and then learn about all things military at La Coupole. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mareis, hike along Promenade des Remparts, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Nausicaa, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame Boulogne-Sur-Mer.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Boulogne-sur-Mer holiday planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.
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Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Galerie des Carrosses). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. On the 17th (Sat), 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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