30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Albi
— 1 night
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step off the beaten path and head to Île de la Cité and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles & Palace of Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at La Madeleine.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip site.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Amiens.
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Amiens — 2 nights

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Australian National Memorial, brush up on your military savvy at Sir John Monash Centre, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally take a stroll through St-Leu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, make a trip to Lochnagar Crater, then learn about all things military at Carriere Wellington, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Be Baie.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Amiens travel route tool.

Getting from Paris to Amiens by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daytime highs in Amiens are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kids will enjoy Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Memorial de Caen. Get a sense of the local culture at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Mont Saint-Michel. Venture out of the city with trips to Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Church of Sainte-Mère-Église & Airborne Museum). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux itinerary maker website.

Getting from Amiens to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon and Musee de Grenoble. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Les Gorges du Fier (in Lovagny), Le Cassissium (in Nuits-Saint-Georges) and Dijon (Owl's Trail, Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, &more). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lyon trip planning tool.

You can fly from Bayeux to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bayeux in December since evenings lows in Lyon dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time 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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): fly down the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, fly down the slopes at Elements Park, stop by La Belle en Cuisse, then fly down the slopes at Prosneige, then tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, and finally fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Val Thorens trip builder app.

You can drive from Lyon to Val Thorens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg — 4 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Attractions like Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Old Town make great kid-friendly stops. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vieille ville d'Eguisheim and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Metz (Gare de Metz-Ville, Œuvre de la cathédrale, &more), Maison Faller-Brief (in Kaysersberg) and Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix (in Rhodes). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Martin, examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Maison Pfister.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip planner.

Getting from Val Thorens to Strasbourg by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in December, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can fly to Nice.
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Monastère de Cimiez and Old Town. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lérins Islands and Le Suquet. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins), A.I.R. Vallauris (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris) and Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nice online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Strasbourg in December, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 58°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Parc National des Calanques and The Panier. Get a sense of the local culture at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Vieil Aix. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Chateau d'If, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, don't miss a visit to Moulin Le Pain Blanc, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes.

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Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Marseille are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Albi.
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Albi — 1 night

Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 8th (Fri), admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then take in the views from Pont Vieux, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Albi road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Albi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Marseille, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Albi, ranging from highs of 49°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) 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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