30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Nantes
— 4 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
— 2 nights
Drive
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Nantes

— 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Family-friendly places like Jardin des Plantes and Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nantes: Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau), Le Cadre Noir (in Saumur) and Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Angers, wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye, admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, and see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nantes trip itinerary maker tool.

Washington, USA to Nantes is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Nantes. Traveling from Washington in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nantes, with lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 27:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Bring the kids along to Juno Beach Centre and Omaha Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pointe du Hoc and Memorial de Caen. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale), Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and appreciate the history behind Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux road trip tool.

Drive from Nantes to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

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 Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Musee d'Orsay and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris attractions planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Paris are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 5:

Chamonix

— 2 nights

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.
On the 6th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, fly down the slopes at Aiguille du Midi, 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. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame de la Gorge, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally stroll through Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chamonix trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:

Macot-la-Plagne

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre, hit the slopes at Belle Plagne, stroll through ESF Belle Plagne, then hit the slopes at ESF PLagne 1800, then fly down the slopes at La Plagne, and finally fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Ecole de snowboard "Snowboard Valdisere", hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, then head outdoors with Evolution 2 Val d'Isere, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Courchevel.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Macot-la-Plagne trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Chamonix to Macot-la-Plagne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest, stroll through Elements Park, hit the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then hit the slopes at Prosneige, and finally stroll through Ski Cool.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Val Thorens route planning site.

You can drive from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Macot-la-Plagne in April, expect nights in Val Thorens to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

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 12th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne route maker website.

Getting from Val Thorens to Carcassonne by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): kick back and relax at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then stroll through Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip site.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marseille.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 13:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Vallon des Auffes and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Bring the kids along to Parc Animalier de la Barben and Palais des Papes. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange) and Avignon (Rocher des Doms & Pont d'Avignon). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Marseille online travel route planner.

You can drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. April in Marseille sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

Nice

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Lérins Islands. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Place Garibaldi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: La Croisette (in Cannes) and Antibes (Spas & Wellness & Musee de L'ecole). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Nice, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 21:

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.