30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Bus to Annecy
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Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly to Nantes, Drive to Honfleur
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Honfleur
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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Annecy — 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Station de Ski les Saisies and Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Plagne. Step off the beaten path and head to Pont des Amours and Palais de l'Ile. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Annecy: Reflex Ski School (in Macot-la-Plagne), La Clusaz (in La Clusaz) and La Plagne (in La Plagne-Tarentaise). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville and take in the awesome beauty at Semnoz.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy road trip tool.

Washington DC, USA to Annecy is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Annecy due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in January, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get great views at Brevent Cable Car, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards, take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, examine the collection at Musee des Cristaux, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, then fly down the slopes at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chamonix trip planner.

Getting from Annecy to Chamonix by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough 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 14th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): hit the slopes at Mission Black Forest, hit the slopes at Elements Park, fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, then fly down the slopes at Prosneige, and finally tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Val Thorens trip planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Val Thorens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Val Thorens, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee de Grenoble and Colline de Fourviere. Musee Miniature et Cinema and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Lyon with a short trip to Parcours Aventure in Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, don't miss a visit to Fresque des Lyonnais, and stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon attractions planner.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): savor the flavors at Les Halles de Narbonne, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, examine the collection at Musee de L'Inquisition, then get to know the fascinating history of Place Carnot, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rennes le chateau.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parc National des Calanques and Abbaye de Montmajour. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Avignon (Musee Calvet, Palais des Papes, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, look for gifts at Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Spas. Attractions like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris, and make a trip to Place Massena.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Nice, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Honfleur.
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Honfleur — 4 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Get a sense of the local culture at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Notre Dame de Grace and Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. Get out of town with these interesting Honfleur side-trips: Omaha Beach (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer), Cathedrale Notre-Dame (in Bayeux) and Abbaye aux Hommes (in Caen). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, make a trip to Vieux Bassin, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Honfleur road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Nice to Honfleur takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nice in January: high temperatures in Honfleur hover around 45°F and lows are around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) 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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Musee d'Orsay and Eiffel Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & Palace of Versailles). There's lots more to do: stop by Ile Saint-Louis, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Paris travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Paris are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to 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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