30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Colmar
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Colmar
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Blois
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Colmar — 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally make a trip to Vieille Ville. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, examine the collection at Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Volerie des Aigles, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Colmar trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Colmar is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in November, you will find days in Colmar are slightly colder (51°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musée Marc Chagall and Chapelle Saint-Francois-de-Paule. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vieille Ville and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes) and La Londe Les Maures (Dune La Londe & Daskalides Chocolatier). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nice online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Colmar to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Colmar in November, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 63°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): wander the streets of The Panier, get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and finally shop like a local with Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Trolib, admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then stop by Cours Mirabeau, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in November, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arles.
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Arles — 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then make a trip to Abbaye de Montmajour, and finally admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Espiguette Beach.

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Drive from Marseille to Arles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Arles, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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 30th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Le Parc Australien, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and finally make a trip to La Porte D'aude. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts, steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.
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Lyon — 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Théâtre gallo-romain. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safari de Peaugres and La Cite du Chocolat Valrhona. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Monastere Royal de Brou (in Bourg-en-Bresse) and Musee des traditions bugistes (in Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Lyon sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne in December, expect nights in Lyon to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are little chillier, around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Blois.
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Blois — 3 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Attractions like Chateau Royal de Blois and Place Plumereau make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Valencay and Chateau de Cheverny. Explore Blois' surroundings by going to Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Cathedrale Saint-Gatien (in Tours) and Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chambord and steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Blois road trip planning app.

Drive from Lyon to Blois in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.
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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 8th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, then identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Cap Fréhel, make a trip to Centre Historique, take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint-Malo Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo online trip maker.

Getting from Blois to Saint-Malo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Blois in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Saint-Malo, with lows of 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 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 Memorial de Caen and Omaha Beach. Get some cultural insight at Musee du debarquement and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bayeux road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Bayeux sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): learn about all things military at Carriere Wellington, explore the different monuments and memorials at Australian National Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally take a stroll through St-Leu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, see the interesting displays at Musee Somme 1916, steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Thiepval Memorial, then contemplate the long history of Lochnagar Crater, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Gordon Dump Cemetery.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Amiens trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Amiens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paris.
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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.
Family-friendly places like Musee d'Orsay and Arc de Triomphe will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Hall of Mirrors and Île de la Cité. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, make a trip to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

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Drive from Amiens to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough 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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