30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Nantes
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Paris
— 5 nights
Train to Genève, Bus to Chamonix
4
Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
9
Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Nice
— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Jardin des Plantes and Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau d'Angers and Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye), Chateau de Brissac (in Brissac-Quince) and Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais, take a stroll through Passage Pommeraye, step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Usse, and get to know the resident critters at Zoo de La Fleche.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nantes online visit planner.

Washington, USA to Nantes is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Nantes is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in March, Nantes is a bit warmer at night with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mont Saint-Michel and Pointe du Grouin. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Juno Beach Centre and Memorial de Caen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, get engrossed in the history at Omaha Beach Memorial Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux holiday planning 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, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Île de la Cité and Musee des Arts et Metiers. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Montmartre, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Paris sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, stroll through Aiguille du Midi, then hit the slopes at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally fly like a bird 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 relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then head outdoors with Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally get all the equipment you need at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chamonix trip itinerary app.

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 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.
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Macot-la-Plagne — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): hit the slopes at ESF PLagne 1800, tour the pleasant surroundings at ESF Belle Plagne, fly down the slopes at Reflex Ski School, then fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, then hit the slopes at La Plagne, and finally get outside with snow panthers motoneige. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Courchevel, then see the winter wonderland with SkiBro Technologies, then head off-road at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, and finally hit the slopes at Evolution 2 Val d'Isere.

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

You can drive from Chamonix to Macot-la-Plagne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in March, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) 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 30th (Tue): hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up some new knowledge with Ski Cool, get all the equipment you need at Prosneige, then hit the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, then hit the slopes at Elements Park, and finally hit the slopes at St Martin de Belleville.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Val Thorens trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Val Thorens are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel 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.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Just, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, and then ponder the design of Place Carnot.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip planner.

Drive from Val Thorens to Carcassonne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive; or do a combination of car and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Val Thorens in March, with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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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 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, 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 trot along with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

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Drive from Carcassonne to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) 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.
Kids will enjoy Vallon des Auffes and The Panier. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau des Baux de Provence and Le Sentier des Ocres. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Musee Departemental Arles Antique, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Parc national des Calanques, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Marseille vacation planning tool.

Drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Lérins Islands. Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Le Suquet (in Cannes) and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nice tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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