30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tours
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 4 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
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La Rochelle

— 2 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, examine the collection at Association Hermione-La Fayette, then kick back and relax at Plage de Chatelaillon, then see the interesting displays at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium La Rochelle, then enjoy the sea views from Phare des Baleines, and finally don't miss a visit to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Rochelle trip builder site.

Washington, USA to La Rochelle is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to La Rochelle, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Washington in February since evenings lows in La Rochelle dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tours.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:

Tours

— 4 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee des Blindes and Chateau d'Angers. Bring the kids along to Cathedrale Saint-Gatien and Chateau Royal de Blois. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny), Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou) and Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo de La Fleche, have fun and explore at Le Cadre Noir, step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and admire the landmark architecture of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tours tour planner.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Tours in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February in Tours, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 3:

Saint-Malo

— 2 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel, examine the collection at Musee des Amis des Bisquines et du Vieux Cancale, then get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, don't miss a visit to Cap Fréhel, then step into the grandiose world of Fort La Latte, then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, and finally stroll around Parc du Thabor.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tours to Saint-Malo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Family-friendly places like Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and Bayeux War Cemetery will thrill your kids. Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Pegasus Bridge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, take in the history at Omaha Beach, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, and steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in March, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:

Boulogne-sur-Mer

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): hike along Promenade des Remparts, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Nausicaa, then get outside with Cap Gris Nez, then look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Le Touquet Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Boulogne-sur-Mer online day trip planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

Paris

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Île de la Cité and Spas. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:

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 15th (Mon), fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, then see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, then take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, and finally hit the slopes at Domaine des Planards.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chamonix driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Paris to Chamonix by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

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. On the 17th (Wed), hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Ski Cool, hit the slopes at Prosneige, hit the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, then stroll through Elements Park, then hit the slopes at Mission Black Forest, and finally stroll through St Martin de Belleville.

To find out how to plan a trip to Val Thorens, use our trip itinerary maker.

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. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

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.
Bring the kids along to Parc National des Calanques and Vallon des Auffes. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Parc Animalier de la Barben (in La Barben), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and visit The Panier.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marseille online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Marseille takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Val Thorens in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Marseille, with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Le Suquet. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Place Garibaldi and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Venture out of the city with trips to Lérins Islands (in Cannes), Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron) and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nice online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Nice sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 26:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.