30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Drive to Rouen
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Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Train to Genève, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 1 night
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nantes
— 4 nights
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Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Family-friendly places like Eglise St-Joseph and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens will thrill your kids. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historial Jeanne d’Arc and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Palais Benedictine (in Fecamp), Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Les Jardins d'Etretat) and Maison de Jules Verne (in Amiens). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, explore the world behind art at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa, don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rouen online tour itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Rouen is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Rouen due to the time zone difference. March in Rouen sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Juno Beach Centre and Pointe du Grouin. Kids will enjoy Omaha Beach and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bayeux online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Bring the kids along to Musee d'Orsay and Arc de Triomphe. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, and visit Le Marais.

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You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 14:

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 15th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chamonix road trip tool.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Paris to Chamonix in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 15:

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 16th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Ski Cool, hit the slopes at Prosneige, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mini Clubs ESF, then fly down the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, then stroll through Mission Black Forest, and finally hit the slopes at Elements Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Val Thorens trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Val Thorens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Val Thorens are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Place Rossetti. Family-friendly places like Lérins Islands and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain will thrill your kids. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to La Croisette in Cannes, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nice itinerary builder website.

Getting from Val Thorens to Nice by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Val Thorens in March, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 21:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vallon des Auffes and Palais des Papes. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Calanques and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Musee Departemental Arles Antique (in Arles), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). The adventure continues: stroll through Parc National des Calanques, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip website.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

— 1 night
Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer online road trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:

Carcassonne

— 2 nights

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.
On the 26th (Fri), take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Chateaux de Lastours, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just, and then make a trip to Tour Barberousse.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

Nantes

— 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Manoir de l'Automobile and Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. Kids will enjoy Jardin des Plantes and Chateau de Langeais. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Chateau d'Angers (in Angers) and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nantes tour site.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Nantes in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. March in Nantes sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 39°F at night. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

France travel guide

4.3
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.