30 days in France Itinerary

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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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Meribel
— 3 nights
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Tignes
— 1 night
Drive
5
Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Nice
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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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 de Grenoble and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colline de Fourviere and Palais de l'Ile. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Grenoble (Musee Dauphinois & Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere), La Clusaz (in La Clusaz) and Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Cle du Bien Etre). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Lyon vacation maker website.

Washington DC, USA to Lyon is an approximately 14-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 DC in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 35°F in Lyon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Val Thorens Toboggan Run, fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then fly down the slopes at Prosneige, then see the winter wonderland with Ski Cool, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Evolution 2 Val Thorens.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Val Thorens day trip tool.

Getting from Lyon to Val Thorens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Meribel.
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Meribel — 3 nights

Step off the beaten path and head to Station de Ski les Saisies and Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Plagne. Kids will enjoy La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel and ESF Belle Plagne. Venture out of the city with trips to Reflex Ski School (in Macot-la-Plagne) and Belle Plagne (in Belle Plagne).

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Meribel trip planner.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Meribel in 1.5 hours. January in Meribel sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tignes.
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Tignes — 1 night

Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. On the 11th (Mon), ski along the peaceful trails at SkiBro Technologies, see the winter wonderland with Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Val d'Isere, see the winter wonderland with British Alpine Ski School Val D'Isere, indulge in some personalized pampering at Tignes Massage, then trek along Sentier Botanique, and finally hit the slopes at The Development Centre - Tignes.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the Tignes trip app.

Traveling by train from Meribel to Tignes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Tignes sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive 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.
On the 12th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at Studio 128, get to know the resident critters at Parc de Merlet, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Alpin, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip planner.

Drive from Tignes to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Musée Marc Chagall. Family-friendly places like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Spas will thrill your kids. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Antibes (Musee Napoleonien & Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & Le Suquet). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nice online travel planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Nice in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Cathédrale La Major. Kids will enjoy Parc National des Calanques and Musee d'Histoire de Marseille. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon), Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & Musee Departemental Arles Antique) and Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, stop by The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille journey app.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Marseille, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cathar Castles and Musee des Augustins. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Queribus and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet), Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Pont Vieux, &more) and Ermitage Notre-Dame de Forca Real (in Montner). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Chateau de Peyrepertuse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, and steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne travel route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can fly 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 Louvre Museum and Musee Jacquemart-Andre make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at Musee d'Orsay and Palace of Versailles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & The Hall of Mirrors). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and visit Île de la Cité.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Carcassonne to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carcassonne in January: highs in Paris hover around 45°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly 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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