30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour planner

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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 de Langeais will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau d'Angers and Passage Pommeraye. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans (in Le Mans City) and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, take an in-depth tour of Musee des Blindes, get to know the resident critters at Zoo de La Fleche, and examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nantes vacation builder app.

Washington, USA to Nantes is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nantes, with lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 8:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Juno Beach Centre and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mont Saint-Michel and Pointe du Grouin. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip planner.

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 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Île de la Cité and Hotel de Ville. Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 17:

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 18th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vallee Blanche, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Brevent Cable Car, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the next day, hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then fly down the slopes at Skiprosmegeve, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame de la Gorge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chamonix travel route planning app.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Paris to Chamonix in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

Macot-la-Plagne

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): fly down the slopes at La Plagne Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre, fly down the slopes at Belle Plagne, fly down the slopes at ESF Belle Plagne, then fly down the slopes at Reflex Ski School, and finally stroll through Oxygene Ski School La Plagne. On your second day here, get outside with Evolution 2 Val d'Isere, then fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, then hit the slopes at SkiBro Technologies, and finally fly down the slopes at La Tania Ski Area.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Macot-la-Plagne travel website.

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. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in March, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

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 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cool, hit the slopes at Prosneige, then stroll through Mini Clubs ESF, and finally stroll through St Martin de Belleville.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Val Thorens travel planning website.

You can drive from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Val Thorens can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Carcassonne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Val Thorens in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carcassonne, with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 24:

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 25th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, trot along with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip itinerary tool.

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. March in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vallon des Auffes and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Calanques and Rocher des Doms. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Parc National des Calanques, contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes, explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip builder.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Marseille are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La cité médiévale. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lérins Islands and Le Suquet. When in Nice, make a side trip to see Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes in Antibes, approximately Antibes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, take a stroll through Place Rossetti, and browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice holiday builder website.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 2:

France travel guide

4.3
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.